08 October 2013 11:47 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--Plans for a urea manufacturing unit that would produce up to 1,100 short tons/day of the nitrogen fertilizer from 2017 have been unveiled by Dakota Gasification Company (Dakota Gas), the North Dakota-based company disclosed late on Monday.
Dakota Gas has submitted a formal application to the North Dakota Department of Health for an environmental permit for a proposed urea production plant at its Great Plains Synfuels Plant near Beulah.
The huge facility already produces anhydrous ammonia and carbon dioxide – which are key components of urea – and the permit application is a "key preliminary step as part of the investigation of the project", the subsidiary of Basin Electric said in a statement.
Based on a successful Front-End Engineering and Design (FEED) study and final board approval, the urea plant would open in early 2017 and produce around 1,100 short tons of urea daily.
"We're excited about the potential to build on the fertilizer products we already produce, bringing more benefit to this nation's agricultural customers," said Andrew M. Serri, president and chief executive officer of Dakota Gas.
"We've been evaluating a number of products and processes designed to bring value to rural America. It's important to note that a final decision has not yet been made to move forward with the urea project, and the submittal of the application for the environmental permit is another step in the evaluation of the project," Serri concluded.
Further details such as the potential investment required for the urea facility have not yet been disclosed.
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