DGC seeing progress
By Kate Johnson
Dakota Gasification Company’s Urea Plant has begun to make above-ground progress and a lot of the work can been seen. The project that started once upon a time in 2013 with plans now shows physical changes. Once the project is complete it will be able to make 11,000 tons of urea granular fertilizer, which DGC will be adding to the scope of products they already use and produce.
Currently DGC has just more than 420 contractors present on site with the project. RUST, being the main contractor in this project, will be on site throughout and seeing through to completion. IHI of Houston is the engineering firm that is working on the project for DGC.
DGC built a separate parking lot for contractors coming in to work on the Urea Plant. These contractors park their vehicles, head through security, hop on a bus and head out to the site.
It was reported by DGC’s media representative, Joan Dietz, that management of the site and new bodies is going well.
The $500 million project is about 21 percent complete, having had some big and exciting events occur over the last few weeks. The engineering portion of the project was reported to be near completion and the project had received 65 percent of the equipment from the fabrication sites, recently receiving the “big carbon dioxide storage tanks” which were delivered to the plant site in the first week of February. These two large carbon dioxide tanks arrived at the Synfuels Plant Feb. 3 by train and were off-loaded at the urea construction site. The tanks will be placed and eventually store carbon dioxide for use in the urea production process and for sale of liquid carbon dioxide. Nathan Johnson, logistics/contract administrator, said it took months of planning to transport the large tanks to the Synfuels Plant by rail from Minnesota. Chart Inc. of New Prague, MN, manufactured the large tanks. They are the largest tanks Chart has ever manufactured, according to Johnson. Each tank is 129 feet long by 15 feet in diameter and weigh 294,000 pounds. They can each store 50 tons of carbon dioxide.