Officials with a North Dakota company and a Chinese engineering firm sat down at the state Capitol on Monday to sign a memorandum of understanding that could lead to a large fertilizer plant in the state.
Signing the document were Darin Anderson, chairman of Northern Plains Nitrogen LLP of Grand Forks, and Wang Lvbei, vice president of China Chengda Engineering Co., Ltd.
“This is a win-win … for both Chinese and North Dakota companies,” Lvbei said via a translator.
A new Nitrogen Fertilizer Plant is coming to Grand Forks. Monday evening Northern Plains Nitrogen and a Chinese Engineering company, Cheng Da, sign a memorandum of understanding at the state capitol, meaning the two companies will work together to build the plant.
Cheng Da is a company that specializes in engineering and infrastructure construction. The new plant will be the first of it’s kind in the state, using Natural Gas to make fertilizer.
The plant is expected to be up and running by 2017.
NORTHERN PLAINS NITROGEN ON VALLEY NEWS LIVE- SEPT 25, 2013
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OVERVIEW OF NORTHERN PLAINS NITROGEN BY PRESIDENT, DARIN ANDERSON
NORTHERN PLAINS NITROGEN EXPANDS IT’S SHAREHOLDER OFFERING FOR ND PROJECT
VALLEY CITY, N.D. — A company that plans to build a $1.7 billion fertilizer production plant in Grand Forks, N.D., is expanding its seed capital — or shareholder — drive to include farmers and others in the region, and beyond.
Darin Anderson, a Valley City, N.D., farmer and chairman of the managing partners for Northern Plains Nitrogen LLP, based in Grand Forks, confirmed that as of Sept. 23 the company was able to publicly offer its seed capital “unit” shares to people other than those closely linked to a small group of founding investors.
The plant is expected to use natural gas, presumably from the Bakken oil fields of western North Dakota. From the natural gas, the company will produce ammonia, urea and other value-added products.
September 25, 2013: Plans for North Dakota’s first Fertilizer plant are moving forward. As of today, Northern Plains Nitrogen offers growers and other interested parties the opportunity to invest directly in the $1.7 billion project located in Grand Forks. The plant, which is slated to begin operation in 2017, will greatly benefit local growers by providing a solution to the lack of domestic Nitrogen production.
NORTHERN PLAINS NITROGEN BUYING LAND FOR GRAND FORKS FACILITY
A group planning a 1.5 billion dollar nitrogen fertilizer plant is in the process of buying a site. Northern Plains Nitrogen CEO Don Pottinger says the company is buying land next to Grand Forks’ municipal sewage lagoons.
There is a reason that the company wants to build so close to those sewage lagoons. They plan to use that water. The plant will be built adjacent to those lagoons, which are just north of Gateway Drive and 69th Street. 320 acres there includes a natural gas line, rail service, a major highway, and water from the lagoons. The water can be filtered to use for its production of farm fertilizer. Local Economic Development officials say it will bring jobs and much more.
NORTHERN PLAINS NITROGEN TO ADD AMMONIA, UREA & UAN CAPACITY
Domestic nitrogen production is vital to the future of American agriculture. Supply constraints in Trinidad & Tobago, Middle Eastern unrest, FSU natgas curtailments and a Corn Belt that demands anhydrous ammonia along with a host of other supply/demand factors suggest domestic nitrogen — anhydrous in particular — could be a goldmine. The United States relies on imports to fill over half of its N needs each year, but as global competition for nutrient heats up, U.S. and Canadian growers will find themselves in an increasingly competitive supply environment.
2 PLANTS CONSIDERED…PROPOSALS ARE SEPARATE, BUT HAVE SIMILIARITES
Two organizations are proposing to build nitrogen fertilizer plants in North Dakota.
Northern Plains Nitrogen announced last month that it hopes to build a $1.5 billion facility near the northeast North Dakota city of Grand Forks.
Last summer, the North Dakota Corn Growers Association said it would like to build such a plant. The group is involved with the proposed Grand Forks plant.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — The selection of 320 acres northwest of Grand Forks as the site of a proposed $1.5 billion fertilizer production plant came down to plentiful land and water, said developers, announcing the project Thursday.
“I do drool over that site. It’s as good as it gets,” said Larry Mackie, chief operating officer of Northern Plains Nitrogen. “The site you folks offered is absolutely perfect.”
NORTHERN PLAINS NITROGEN TO CONSTRUCT $1.5 BILLION NITROGEN FERTILIZER PRODUCTION FACILITY NORTHWEST OF GRAND FORKS
Northern Plains Nitrogen (NPN) plans to fund, design, construct, and operate a world scale nitrogen fertilizer production facility northwest of Grand Forks, North Dakota. The complex will produce nitrogen based fertilizers that are presently imported to the region for crop production on the millions of surrounding acres.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — State and local leaders in North Dakota announced Thursday plans to build a new $1.5 billion nitrogen fertilizer production facility northwest of Grand Forks.
Gov. Jack Dalrymple and Grand Forks Mayor Michael Brown were joined by others in announcing that Northern Plains Nitrogen intended to build the new facility. The plant will produce nitrogen-based fertilizers by converting natural gas into anhydrous ammonia and urea.