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Published May 09, 2013, 06:26 PM

Fertilizer facility to bring 100 jobs to Grand Forks, take advantage of oil patch nitrogen

Governor Jack Dalrymple along with city leaders Thursday announced plans to build a $1.5 billion nitrogen fertilizer plant. This new project will bring more than 100 jobs to the area and will likely establish a link to the oil efforts in the western part of the state.

By: Victor Correa, WDAZ

Governor Jack Dalrymple along with city leaders Thursday announced plans to build a $1.5 billion nitrogen fertilizer plant. This new project will bring more than 100 jobs to the area and will likely establish a link to the oil efforts in the western part of the state.

Representatives of Northern Plains say the $1.5 billion facility will be built near the Grand Forks wastewater treatment plant.

Construction will begin in 2015 and it will employ a construction workforce of 2,000 workers. The site is scheduled to be up and running for the 2017 growing season and will have a staff of 135 full time employees. Nitrogen is often shipped from other states or even other countries and officials say it's a very expensive import. In western North Dakota nitrogen is burned off in the oil fields. Northern Plains is looking to salvage that natural gas by supplying to the agricultural business which places Nitrogen in high demand. The plant will produce 600,000 tons of nitrogen per year in more than one million tons of shippable products.

Grand Forks is an ideal location for the facility because of its location in the primary market -- the north central US and southern Canada.

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