Saturday, January 7, 2012

South Heart -- Developer Looks At Site For Housing Development -- The Bakken, North Dakota, USA


February 29, 2012: another developer looks at South Heart as a potential site for another housing development.
City Councilman Chuck Andrus said James Perdaems of South Heart informed the council in early February that a developer offered to purchase a 78-acre tract of his land, east of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Andrus believes the unknown developer might be interested in building housing, which he said is now a “big field.”

Andrus added that Perdaems wants to learn more about city infrastructure requirements before moving forward.

“(Perdaems) has, I believe, sold land to a developer, and they want it annexed into the city,” Andrus said Monday.

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Link here.

Data points:
  1. unspecified number of apartment complexes (complexes, not units)
  2. developer has purchased an 18-acre tract, east of Adamski Park
  3. developer has made verbal offer for an additional plot near the town's golf course
The Dickinson Press points out that the mayor feels "brick and mortar style housing" is better than the alternative. Whatever that may be.

I don't know the South Heart area very well, but this link will provide some additional insight with regard to the North Dakota coal industry and South Heart.

South Heart is a city in Stark County, North Dakota in the United States. The population was 301 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Dickinson Micropolitan Statistical Area. South Heart was founded in 1908 (wiki). 

South Heart is about 10 miles southwest of Dickinson as the crow flies.


  1. In recent years, there had been a push for a coal to electricity plant with CO2 collection and injection at South Heart. There's a coal bed nearby that has some ideal characteristics.

  2. Not Bakken related, but shale gas related:

    Shell Oil to announce location of new $2 billion ethane to ethylene to polyethylene plant in either Ohio, W Va, or Pennsylvania.

    Only the ethane portion of the nat gas stream in fed into this plant, as the ethane has been separated in upstream nat gas plants (nat gas is mostly methane - which is mostly combusted elsewhere, but "wet" nat gas also contains ethane, propane - which is condensed and shipped mostly for residential heating, butane - which has other chemical conversion uses, and pentane/natural gasoline - which is sometimes blended directly into refined gasoline).

    A likely location for this plant is Parkersburg (WV)/Marietta (OH), which is a center of the plastic industry and has a mostly non-union workforce. DuPont makes most of its Teflon* there, as well as most of its plastics for cars and appliances. Huntsman Chemical (formerly Shell), GE, and Chevron also have huge chemical/plastic plants there.

    This story is huge, in that the polyethylene and polypropylene businesses had basically abandoned the US just four years ago for Europe and the Middle East - because ethane was so much more expensive here. This can potentially revitalize the chemical industry in all three of those states. Shell doesn't spend billions without knowing what it is doing.

    The ethane Shell will be consuming will only be a fraction of the ethane produced in the Marcellus/Utica region.

    $2 billion ethane pipeline from PA to TX being built by Enterprise Products Partners with ethane supplied mainly by Chesapeake

    In North Dakota, an ethane pipeline is being built from Hess's expanded Tioga plant into Canada, for processing to polyethylene in Canada. ONEOK is building a natural gas liquids pipeline from near Williston to Kansas. In Kansas, the ethane will be separated from the propane, butane, and pentane fractions, with the ethane than piped to Texas for conversion into polyethylene. Hess's expanded plant in Tioga will be a technically "complete" nat gas processing plant, while ONEOKs will not separate the higher hydrocarbons from each other.

  3. This is an incredibly good post; I will use part of it in a stand-alone post.

    Earlier this week I was talking with someone about this very issue; how the entire polyethylene business might be affected in the US with all this production.

    It certainly seems there is an energy revolution in the US and it's not being reported in the mainstream media.

  4. With regard to the very first comment above (coal to electricity with CO2 sequestration) I have blogged about that before.

    My posts on coal are linked at the "Coal Central" tab in the sidebar at the right; sort of near the top.