Ground broken for urea production facility project

Jim Greer

Jim Greer, Basin Electric senior project manager.

Dakota Gasification Company emphasizes product diversity at its Great Plains Synfuels Plant, located near Beulah, ND.

Come 2017, the Basin Electric subsidiary will add urea to its product list.

The Dakota Gas board of directors approved the addition of a $402 million urea production facility at the Synfuels Plant near in January.

Urea, a granular fertilizer commonly used in agricultural applications, will be the 11th product for the Synfuels Plant. Dakota Gas currently produces two other fertilizers, anhydrous ammonia and ammonium sulfate (Dak Sul 45®).

The project includes construction of a storage facility that can hold about 53,000 tons of granular urea, as well as a new load-out facility for trucks and rail cars with the capacity to load up to 110 rail cars in a single shipment.

The new facility will also produce diesel exhaust fluid (DEF), the 12th product for the Synfuels Plant. DEF is used to reduce NOx emissions in diesel engines, as mandated by the federal government on all new diesel engines. A 1.1 million gallon stainless steel storage tank will be constructed at the plant to store the DEF.

Ground has been broken for construction while engineering work continues for the project, says project manager Jim Greer, Basin Electric senior project manager.

“We’re moving on multiple fronts to make this all come together. It’s a really tight time frame,” Greer says. “We have a lot of work to do to complete the project by 2017, but our team is motivated and focused on the goals.”

Read more about Greer and what the project entails in the July/August 2014 issue of Basin Today: Teamwork keeping urea production project on track.

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