Dakota Gasification commissions study for urea project

17 January 2013 16:14  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Dakota Gasification has commissioned a study for a urea plant near Beulah, North Dakota, an engineering firm said on Thursday.

Houston-based IHI E&C International said that Dakota awarded it a front-end engineering design (FEED) study for a 1,100-2,200 ton/day (100-200 tonne/day) urea plant.

The project’s FEED phase will start immediately and is expected to be completed by the second quarter of 2013, IHI said.

Dakota Gasification owns and operates a coal gasification facility Beulah, where it produces ammonia and other products.

Gary Loop, senior vice-president and chief operating officer of Dakota Gasification, said the urea project was part of an ongoing effort to develop and market co-products from the gasification process as a hedge against volatile natural gas prices.

"Developing urea is another aspect of continuing this philosophy," Loop said.

"Our forecasts show there's an increasing demand for the use of urea by farmers in the region, and we can easily add urea to our list of co-products that benefits the agricultural community,” he added.

Dakota is a subsidiary of North Dakota's Basin Electric Power Cooperative. IHI E&C International is a subsidiary of Japan's IHI Corporation.

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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