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Published August 28, 2013, 05:51 PM

Northern Plains Nitrogen buying land for Grand Forks facility

A group planning a 1.5 billion dollar nitrogen fertilizer plant is in the process of buying a site. Northern Plains Nitrogen CEO Don Pottinger says the company is buying land next to Grand Forks' municipal sewage lagoons.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

A group planning a 1.5 billion dollar nitrogen fertilizer plant is in the process of buying a site. Northern Plains Nitrogen CEO Don Pottinger says the company is buying land next to Grand Forks' municipal sewage lagoons.

There is a reason that the company wants to build so close to those sewage lagoons. They plan to use that water. The plant will be built adjacent to those lagoons, which are just north of Gateway Drive and 69th Street. 320 acres there includes a natural gas line, rail service, a major highway, and water from the lagoons. The water can be filtered to use for its production of farm fertilizer. Local Economic Development officials say it will bring jobs and much more.

"From an economic development standpoint the project is very significant," said Keith Lund with Grand Forks Regional Development. "The capital investment speaks for itself, it will increase the property tax base significantly."

The fertilizer plant is expected to bring roughly 135 high-paying jobs to Grand forks with plenty of spin-off jobs. Construction is expect to start in two years and will be operating in 2017.

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