Decision on plastic plant location may be delayed
JAMESTOWN -- Decisions on the potential location of a $4 billion plastics plant are likely to be delayed until later this year, according to Shane Goettle, project consultant for Badlands NGL.
JAMESTOWN - Decisions on the potential location of a $4 billion plastics plant are likely to be delayed until later this year, according to Shane Goettle, project consultant for Badlands NGL.
Badlands NGL announced its intention to build the factory in October.
The company indicated it wanted to build the plant outside of the Oil Patch and that it intended to reach a decision on a location by the first quarter of 2015.
Goettle said he had received information from the Jamestown/Stutsman Development Corp. about locating in Stutsman County but planning had not reached the point where Badlands NGL was considering location information.
“We’re working on sources of ethane feedstock and ways to get it to wherever they put the plant,” he said.
Ethane is one of the liquid components of natural gas and is found in high quantities in the natural gas produced in the Bakken.
It is not utilized by any North Dakota manufacturer. The Badlands NGL plant would process the ethane into plastics for use in a variety of industries.
“They are either flaring or exporting it,” Goettle said, referring to the ethane. “We want to add value to one of the least valuable components in the liquid natural gas stream.”
The location of the plant will be dependent on the ethane sources and pipelines, railroad connections and workforce and housing for approximately 500 jobs.
Planning by the North Dakota State Water Commission for a water pipeline bringing Missouri River water to Stutsman County for the planned $3 billion CHS nitrogen fertilizer plant have included excess capacity for unspecified additional industrial projects.
“Our project is not as dependent on water as the fertilizer plant would be,” Goettle said. “We use water strictly for cooling and can recycle most of it.”