CHS announces fertilizer plant project
North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple and officials from CHS, Inc., made a joint announcement this week on plans for a $1.2 billion nitrogen fertilizer plant to be located near Spiritwood, N.D. CHS, Inc., is a Fortune 100 company and the country’s largest farmer-owned cooperative with headquarters in Minnesota. CHS is conducting a $10 million feasibility study before starting construction. Company officials anticipate a project completion date sometime in 2016.
The plant would be located on 200 acres in Spiritwood Energy Park, an industrial park outside of Jamestown, N.D., and home to Great River Energy’s Spiritwood Station and Cargill Malt. CHS is in discussions with Great River Energy and Jamestown Stutsman Development Corporation, who own the property, to formalize agreements.
The fertilizer plant would use natural gas from the Bakken oil patch to produce 2,200 tons of ammonia a day. Anhydrous ammonia, urea and UAN liquid fertilizer would be distributed in parts of the Midwest and Canada, reducing CHS fertilizer imports from 19 countries.
CHS president and CEO Carl Casale said that this is the largest investment the company has ever made.