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Natural gas pipeline would serve CHS nitrogen fertilizer plant

JAMESTOWN, N.D. -- One of the largest natural gas pipelines in North Dakota in the last decade is in the planning and permitting process, according to Tim Rasmussen, spokesman for WBI Energy, a division of MDU Resources Group.

Rasmussen said Wind Ridge Pipeline LLC would cost about $120 million and serve the proposed CHS nitrogen fertilizer plant at Spiritwood.

“Construction of the pipeline is contingent on CHS moving forward,” he said. “In order to meet their timelines, we had to start the pre-filing process now.”

The pipeline would transfer natural gas from the Northern Border Pipeline near Zeeland to the CHS plant at Spiritwood for conversion into nitrogen fertilizer. The 95-mile pipeline project would cross Mcintosh, Logan, LaMoure and Stutsman counties with 16-inch pipe.

Rasmussen said that once CHS authorizes the project, Wind Ridge Pipeline will seek easements from landowners along the route.

Construction is anticipated to begin early in 2016, with completion later that year.

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