Board members of "Northern Plains Nitrogen" made the announcement that a new, 1.5-billion dollar fertilizer plant will be built near Grand Forks.
It will be one of the largest projects in North Dakota history, using natural gas from western North Dakota oil wells to produce fertilizer.
The plant will produce anhydrous ammonia and other types of nitrogen based fertilizer... essential nutrients for crops to produce great yields. It will also reduce the need for fertilizer that's currently imported.
Gov. Jack Dalrymple, North Dakota: "What a great, great step forward to bring this kind of plant into our area."
The plant will be built here, near an existing anhydrous fertilizer distributing facility, on 320 acres, 3 miles northwest of Grand Forks.
Engineering and planning begins now, construction is scheduled to begin in 2015, using 2,000 construction workers..
It's scheduled to be completed by 2017 and provide 135 full time jobs. Plus, numerous spin off jobs.
Don Pottinger, Northern Plains Nitrogen: "At the peak of construction there will be 2,000 people, that filters into a lot of activity… commercial, economic activity in the area."
There are no residential homes in this industrial area where the plant will be built. And Dave Glatt of the State Health Department says, this type of plant should not cause any odor problems.
Recently, there was a deadly explosion at this Texas fertilizer distribution center. But, plant officials say that since all the chemicals produced by their plant are already distributed or handled in Grand Forks, the presence of their expert response crews will make the City safer.
Larry Mackie, Northern Plains Nitrogen: "We will use the best available technology available in the world today. It will be a safe plant."
Natural gas used for the production of the fertilizer will be piped into Grand Forks by tying into existing, nearby pipelines. The finished product, fertilizer will be hauled out of the plant via trucks and the railroad.