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DGC approves urea plant near Beulah

BEULAH — A synthetic natural gas producer plans to produce urea at its facility.

Dakota Gasification Co. approved the $402 million project at Great Plains Synfuels Plant north of Beulah on Monday, according to a press release.

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Urea, which is a granular fertilizer used in agricultural applications, is the 10th product the facility will produce.

The company will store about 53,000 tons of urea, according to the release. The project will also include a loadout facility with the ability to load up to 110 railcars. The project is slated for completion in 2017 and will produce 1,100 tons daily.

The urea plant will also produce diesel emission fluid to be stored in a 1.1-million gallon tank. DGC is a subsidiary of Basin Electric Power Cooperative based in Bismarck.

April Baumgarten
April Baumgarten joined the Grand Forks Herald May 19, 2015, as the news editor. She works with a team of talented journalists and editors, who strive to give the Grand Forks area the quality news readers deserve to know. Baumgarten grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, where her family continues to raise registered Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at Jamestown (N.D.) College, now known as University of Jamestown. During her time at the college,  she worked as a reporter and editor-in-chief for the university's newspaper, The Collegian. Baumgarten previously worked for The Dickinson Press as the Dickinson city government and energy reporter in 2011 before becoming the editor of the Hazen Star and Center Republican. She then returned to The Press as a news editor, where she helped lead an award-winning newsroom in recording the historical oil boom.