- $500 million urea fertilizer plant
- construction began in 2014; now past the halfway mark
- location: within the sprawling industrial complex of Basin Electric Power Cooperative's Dakota Gasification Plant, northwest of Beulah in far western North Dakota
- the gasification plant: home of four power plants; two lignite coal mines; and the synfuels plant
- Mercer County: noted a substantial rise in taxable sales at a time when that metric plummeted across North Dakota
- new Coyote Creek mine noted in the story
- due to huge summer storm on July 3, 2016, the project was set back several months
- now scheduled to open in early 2018
Note: a reader, who has worked at the site, sent me this note:
It is more correct to say that Mercer County is the home of four power plants: Stanton Station, Leland Olds, Coyote and Antelope Valley Station.I had completely forgotten this fact about the plant: the Great Plains Synfuels Plant is home to the largest CO2 capture project in the world.
Antelope Valley, BEPC, is "across the fence" from the gasification plant/synthetic fuels plant (one and the same), that shares some facilities with AVS.
The GP/SF plant has several components: ~ 137.5 mmscfd natural gas, plus CO2 for EOR, NH3, and numerous other by-products (see Dakota Gas website).