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Urea plant soon to open at the Great Plains Synfuels Plant

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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.

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