DARIN ANDERSON: Fertilizer plant faces one more hurdle: Money

VALLEY CITY, N.D.—Northern Plains Nitrogen achieved an important benchmark recently in its effort to build a state-of-the-art fertilizer facility in Grand Forks. A “Permit to Construct” was issued by the North Dakota Department of Health’s Division of Air Quality, clearing the last of permitting hurdles for the project. The milestone is a good time to … Read more

Northern Plains Nitrogen gets final permit for N.D. fertilizer project

A proposed nitrogen fertilizer plant just northwest of Grand Forks took another forward step today when the North Dakota Department of Health issued a “permit to construct” after analyzing the facility’s air quality impact. A news release this afternoon said Northern Plains Nitrogen has received all necessary permits for the $2 billion project. The final … Read more


BISMARCK — The State Water Commission granted permission Friday for Grand Forks to pump additional water from its wastewater lagoons and the Red River to meet the needs of a proposed fertilizer plant and other industrial users. Northern Plains Nitrogen is proposing a $1.85 billion, 340-acre fertilizer plant on the north edge of Grand Forks. Construction is … Read more


BISMARCK, N.D. _ Urea plants to start operating in about two years could supply the entire state of North Dakota, and then some. “We have a lot of demand in the state and a lot of demand in the region,” said Dave Franzen, a North Dakota State University Extension soil specialist. The use of urea, … Read more

September 2014 In Business Plan On Track

NPN continues to make progress toward its goal of opening a state-of-the-art facility in 2018. While the project remains challenging, important benchmarks are being met. Most significantly, NPN has secured ownership of a site and the right of way for railroad interconnect. The site is 320 acres of prime industrial property in the northwest quadrant … Read more

November 2014 In This Issue

In This Issue • Letter from Board President Darin Anderson • An interview with Grand Forks Mayor Michael R. Brown • Technical status update From the President’s Desk NPN continues to move forward on key issues needed to break ground on the facility. While we always would like the process to move more quickly, we … Read more


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 … Read more