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Growers plan $1 billion fertilizer project near Grand Forks

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GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- North Dakota corn growers are planning a $1 billion nitrogen fertilizer manufacturing plant to be built near Grand Forks in rural Grand Forks County.

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Gov. Jack Dalrymple and Grand Forks Mayor Mike Brown will make a formal announcement today.

The plant will produce nitrogen fertilizer by converting gas currently being flared from oil wells in western North Dakota, according to Tom Lilja, president of the North Dakota Corn Growers Association. Other details will be released during today’s news conference.

The facility, which has been estimated to cost between $1 billion and $1.5 billion, could supply fertilizer for up to 12 percent of the corn and wheat acreage in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota, Lilja said last summer, when the group initially announced plans to build a plant somewhere in North Dakota.

It would use natural gas from western North Dakota’s Oil Patch and provide farmers in the region with a guaranteed supply of fertilizer without relying on imports.

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