Public Service Commission approves Dakota Carbon Pipeline

On July 28, the North Dakota Public Service Commission (NDPSC) unanimously approved a permit for the pipeline to carry carbon dioxide from Dakota Gasification Company’s Great Plains Synfuels Plant to underground storage.

The Dakota Carbon Pipeline would be a 6.8-mile pipeline crossing land currently impacted by coal mining and reclamation activities, according to Tyler Schilke, Basin Electric supervisor of mechanical engineering and project manager. “The NDPSC approved the Certificate of Corridor Compatibility and Route Permit this morning,” Schilke said. “We still have a few more steps to take before the pipeline would be built. We are working with the landowner, The Coteau Properties Company, on lease negotiations, and the project requires approval by the Basin Electric board. We anticipate their decision in September.”

The pipeline provides a path to the Internal Revenue Service’s 45Q tax credit for carbon sequestration projects. Pending board approval, pipeline construction would begin this fall and be completed by second quarter of 2022.

A storage facility permit from the North Dakota Industrial Commission will be required for the proposed injection well sites at a later date.

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