Urea plant soon to open at the Great Plains Synfuels Plant

Nov 10, 2017

Basin Electric general manager Paul Sukut.
Credit Basin Electric Power Cooperative

The General Manager of Basin Electric Power Cooperative calls it an “evolution” for the Great Plains Synfuels Plant near Beulah.

The plant -- which was called the Dakota Coal Gasification plant, was built during a time of a natural gas shortage to convert lignite coal to synthetic natural gas.

Basin GM Paul Sukut said in a few weeks, a new urea fertilizer plant will start operating there.

The plant has been in the works for a few years. And now, Sukut said it’s ready to go.

"That'll really change the dynamics of the whole synfuels plant," Sukut said. "That'sll really make it into a fertilizer factory."

The plant currently produces two other fertilizers – anhydrous ammonia and ammonium sulfate.