The U.S. Department of Energy announced Friday, Sept. 13, that it will provide $9.8 million for Front-End Engineering and Design work for Project Tundra and the Energy and Environmental Research Center at the University of North Dakota to continue leading the Plains Carbon Dioxide Reduction Partnership.

“This Administration is committed to providing cost-effective technologies to advance CCUS around the world,” said Rick Perry, secretary of the Department of Energy. “CCUS technologies are vital to ensuring the United States can continue to safely use our vast fossil energy resources, and we are proud to be a global leader in this field.”

The project, which has been in the works for several years, seeks to build a carbon-capture unit in North Dakota at MinnKota Power Cooperative's existing Milton R. Young Unit 2 plant near Center, N.D. Project Tundra could potentially capture up to 95 percent of the plant's carbon emissions. This CO2 could then be used for enhanced oil recovery or stored in rock formations underground.

“Project Tundra is a unique opportunity for North Dakota to lead the world in the advancement of carbon capture technologies,” said Mac McLennan, Minnkota's president and CEO. “This Department of Energy grant will assist us in completing advanced research and engineering design on the project – one of the final steps before deciding whether to move forward and begin construction.”

Project Tundra plant is one of only two across the country in development right now. The other is in Texas.

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“Project Tundra is among the first movers to bring nearly zero CO2 emission coal power to the grid .... Consistent with President Trump’s energy dominance agenda, projects like this demonstrate we can build a cleaner energy future without job killing regulations," said Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D.

DOE has selected nine projects to receive a total of $55.4 million in federal funding for cost-shared R&D.

“North Dakota is leading the way in developing CCUS technologies and these funds will help to advance these efforts, including enabling the completion Project Tundra’s engineering and design study,” said Hoeven. “Developing and deploying this technology is a win both for consumers, who will continue to have access to affordable energy, and for environmental stewardship.”