STAFF BLOG AG RIGHT What a change in agriculture!
For those of us old enough to remember them, the late 1980s and early 1990s were a gloomy time for many agriculturalists in the Upper Midwest. Drought and poor commodity prices made it difficult for e... Posted on 5/10/13 at 8:54 AM
The process of creating fertilizer out of natural gas could literally be described as pulling nitrogen out of the air.
CHS announced Friday that it is proceeding with construction of a $3 billion plant northeast of Jamestown that will turn natural gas from North Dakota’s oilfields into nitrogen fertilizer for the region’s farmers.
The CHS Board of Directors approved final plans for the approximately $3 billion nitrogen fertilizer project at its September meeting. Groundbreaking will take place following completion of additional details, with the plant intended to be fully operational in the first half of 2018. When complete, the plant will employ 160 to 180 people.
One of the largest natural gas pipelines in North Dakota in the past decade is in the planning and permitting process, according to Tim Rasmussen, spokesman for WBI Energy, a division of MDU Resources Group.
No comments have been made yet on the Air Pollution Control Permit to Construct requested by CHS for its proposed nitrogen fertilizer plant in Spiritwood, N.D., according to Craig Thorstenson, environmental engineer for the North Dakota Department of Health.
BNSF reports 32 of its goal of 52 trainloads of fertilizer over a six-week period beginning April 12 have been delivered, an increase from 26 trainloads from last week’s report. The CP report notes 177 train cars were delivered in North Dakota during the week of April 27, an increase from 109 cars during the week of April 20.
Updated fertilizer shipment statuses from BNSF Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway were released Monday, showing BNSF has half of its goal of 52 trainloads of fertilizer have been delivered. This is an increase from 13 delivered trainloads in last week’s report. The CP report notes 109 train cars
CHS corporate officials continue to review the status of the proposed nitrogen fertilizer plant at Spiritwood, N.D., according to Carl Casale, CHS president and CEO. The latest information does not include a timeline for any future decisions.
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