Dakota Gas and the potential for carbon dioxide in North Dakota

Great Plains Synfuels Plant

Great Plains Synfuels Plant

Despite dreary weather in North Dakota, the phrase “Rockin’ the Bakken” is bolstering the moods of many.

Paul Quist, manager of marketing development at Dakota Gasification Company, had the chance to attend the 2010 Williston Basin Petroleum Conference and Expo May 2-4. The major topic of discussion was the vast amount of oil discovered the Bakken and Three Forks formations in western North Dakota. “The whole excitement here is unbelievable. People are coming up to the booths and buying equipment on site, which is unheard of,” Quist says.

Although there are glitches involving housing shortages in the Williston, ND, area because of the oil boom, Quist sees a bright future in the western part of the state for Dakota Gas. Watch the video below for more.

Quist says Dakota Gas is learning to fill specific niches as opportunities arise.

He says enhanced oil recovery can increase production by 30 percent in an oil field. Right now, CO2 from the Great Plains Synfuels Plant is being used in Canada for enhanced oil recovery.

If the technology is used in North Dakota, he says it could be a great benefit for Basin Electric’s member co-ops and possibly their member-consumers who own mineral rights.

Dakota Gas is also exploring new markets to use byproducts such as krypton and xenon, which are produced at the Synfuels Plant.

“We are looking to pick up some North Dakota customers, keep our CO2 in North Dakota and enhance the tax revenue for the state,” Quist says.

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