Urea production facility

Construction on the urea fertilizer production and carbon dioxide liquefaction facility at the Dakota Gasification Company's Great Plains Synfuels Plant near Beulah, ND, is on schedule for commercial operation in the first quarter of 2018. Dakota Gas is a subsidiary of Basin Electric.

Urea is a granular fertilizer commonly used in agricultural applications. Dakota Gas currently produces two other fertilizers, anhydrous ammonia and ammonium sulfate (Dak Sul 45®).

Urea production requires anhydrous ammonia and carbon dioxide, both of which are produced at the Synfuels Plant. Urea has the highest nitrogen content of all solid fertilizers, but costs less to handle, store and transport than other nitrogen-based fertilizers. It is also safer to transport and handle than anhydrous ammonia.

The project includes construction of a storage facility that can hold about 53,000 tons of granular urea, as well as a new load-out facility for trucks and railcars with the capacity to load up to 110 railcars in a single shipment.

The project is slated for completion in the spring of 2018 when 1,100 tons of urea daily will be produced, with the ability to shift urea production to produce diesel exhaust fluid (DEF). DEF is used to reduce NOx emissions in diesel engines, as mandated by the federal government on all new diesel engines. A 1.1-million gallon stainless steel storage tank will be constructed at the plant to store the DEF. The plant will also be able to produce liquefied carbon dioxide.

Urea production facility

Location Beulah, ND
Capacity 1,100 tons of urea daily
Feedstock Anhydrous ammonia and carbon dioxide
Products manufactured Urea, diesel exhaust fluid and liquefied carbon dioxide
Workforce peak 750 construction workers in 2016
Product available for sale Spring 2018
Project manager Myron Steckler
Construction coordinator Lucas Teigen
Construction start July 2014
Project budget $740 million
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