09 May 2013 23:38 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--North Dakota officials on Thursday announced that Northern Plains Nitrogen intends to build a $1.5bn (€1.1bn) nitrogen fertilizer plant on the eastern border of the state, with expectations that it could be online by spring 2017.
The operating group said it is anticipated that the Grand Forks facility will capitalise on the rise in local natural gas supplies and would produce more than 600,000 tons/year (544,000 tonnes/year) of nitrogen-based fertilizers, primarily ammonia and urea, and create up to 135 full-time jobs.
The timeline calls for plant construction to start sometime in the spring 2015 and could result in 2,000 jobs for the duration of construction.
“This plant will utilise the increasing supplies of natural gas across the region and will provide a reliable regional supply of fertilizer while reducing producers’ dependence on imported products,” said North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple.
According to the North Dakota Corn Growers Association, the facility will convert gas currently being flared from oil wells in western North Dakota. The natural gas would be captured and transported to the plant via pipelines.
Northern Plains representatives said they intend on selling the finished product to buyers in the central US region, as well as into Canada, specifically Manitoba and Saskatchewan. As of now, there are no nitrogen manufacturing facilities in North Dakota or surrounding states.
Grand Fork officials also announced that the plant will use its water supply from treated wastewater and storm runoff. The plant is expected to utilise 4,000 gal/minute (15,000 litres/minute) of operational time.
($1 = €0.76)
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