Lessons learned from one year of urea production at Dakota Gas

North Dakota’s first urea fertilizer production facility, located at Dakota Gasification Company’s Great Plains Synfuels Plant near Beulah, North Dakota, has successfully made product for a little more than one year. It was declared commercial Feb. 1, 2018.

Urea is a dry, granular fertilizer commonly used in agricultural applications, and has the highest nitrogen content of all solid fertilizers. The facility produced urea for the first time Jan. 19, 2018, with the goal to produce up to 1,100 tons of product per day.

The plant has the ability to shift a portion of the urea production to produce diesel exhaust fluid (DEF), which is a 32.5% urea solution used to reduce emissions of oxides of nitrogen from diesel engines. Additionally, the new facility has the capability of producing liquefied carbon dioxide, which is used in the oil production industry. This project brings the Synfuels Plant’s total product count to 13.

The urea project was constructed from July 2014 to December 2017.

Read more about urea production in the Basin Today Spring Issue: Lessons learned from one year of urea production

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