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Crew camp aims to open near Beulah

BEULAH, N.D. -- Yet another man camp operator from the Oil Patch expressed hopes of opening a facility in North Dakota's coal country for workers building a $500 million urea plant at the Dakota Gasification Co. site northwest of Beulah.

BEULAH, N.D. -- Yet another man camp operator from the Oil Patch expressed hopes of opening a facility in North Dakota’s coal country for workers building a $500 million urea plant at the Dakota Gasification Co. site northwest of Beulah.

Civeo Corp. has applied to move single-wides from Dickinson to a location between Hazen and Beulah on the north side of Highway 200 near an agronomy station.

The application will be heard at 7 p.m. Dec. 17 at the Beulah Civic Center by the Mercer County Planning and Zoning Commission.

Civeo field manager Fred Allison said the tentative plan is to bring in 100 beds in two-bed, one-bath units that are turn-key with kitchen, laundry and furnishings. The units are available because of slowed activity on drilling rig locations where they’ve been used until now, he said.

Zoning director Gary Emter said Civeo has applied for a temporary use permit, meaning it would have a one-year renewable permit and the land would remain zoned as agricultural.

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Emter said the zoning board will likely view the application more favorably than one it recently denied from SynEnergy for a crew camp near the plant site. SynEnergy wanted a permanent zoning change instead of a temporary use permit and Emter said county zoners didn’t feel that was the best land use and location for commercial zoning.

The urea plant construction is underway and is expected to peak at 750 workers. Basin Electric Power Cooperative, the project owner, recently expanded the project to include a warehouse and handling facility.

Interest in a crew camp in coal country has been running strong this fall, with Oil Patch housing providers looking to repurpose their facilities now that oil drilling is in the doldrums. Allison, of Civeo, said the units could be used for the urea project and possibly during normal maintenance work at area power plants.

The first request was made earlier this fall, with Tioga-based Capital Lodge asking to move empty into Beulah. The city approved the request, but the operator said some of the conditions weren’t workable and pulled out.

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