May 10, 2013 at 8:34 am
Construction won’t begin until 2015 but northern plains nitrogen leaders say they are moving ahead with a one-point-five billion dollar fertiler plant west of grand forks. The facility will be built on over 300 acres of land adjacent to the city’s wastewater plant. C-e-o don pottinger says the facility will be the safest…most efficient…and environmentally compliant plant of its type. Pottinger says there’s a real need for the product in north Dakota…Minnesota…and manitoba. he says right now almost all the fertilizer is imported from around the world.
Chief operating officer larry Mackie says the location of the plant near the city’s wastewater ponds is not by accident. He says they'll tap into the ponds as a water source using four-thousand gallons a minute.
The goal is to have the facility up and running in time for the 2017 growing season. northern plains will produce over 600-thousand tons of nitrogen per year and employ some 135 workers.