Tuesday, November 19, 2013

New Nitrogen-Based Fertilizer Plant To Be Built In North Dakota


April 2, 2014: plant put on hold; costs come in way above estimates
Original Post
Link here.

A joint venture between Northern Plains Nitrogen and Cheng Da, a Chinese engineering company.

The plant will be the first of its kind in North Dakota. It will use natural gas from the Bakken as feedstock. The plant, to be built near Grand Forks, is expected to be operational by 2017.

From wiki: Nitrogen fertilizers are often made using the Haber-Bosch process (invented about 1915) which uses natural gas (CH4) for the hydrogen and nitrogen gas (N2) from the air at an elevated temperature and pressure in the presence of a catalyst to form ammonia (NH3) as the end product.

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