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State's first urea plant beginning operations

Published: Jan 04 2018
Photo courtesy The Bismarck Tribune

BEULAH — North Dakota’s first urea plant is expected to start making the solid-form fertilizer early this month, transforming operations at the Great Plains Synfuels and acting as a boon to regional farmers.

The $740 million plant, located near Beulah, was built to produce synthetic natural gas from lignite coal. But with the addition of the urea plant, the facility will mostly produce fertilizer.

Like the farmers the plant will serve, plant manager Dale Johnson said Dakota Gasification Company, an arm of Basin Electric Power Cooperative which runs the plant, is a commodity business. Farmers adjust which crops they plant to the market and he said DGC has done the same thing, shifted to commodities where yield and margins are best. That diversification will also shelter the plant more from price volatility.


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