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Dakota Gasification Company

Basin Electric Power Cooperative, through its for-profit subsidiary, Dakota Gasification Company, owns and operates the Great Plains Synfuels Plant. The Synfuels Plant is the only commercial-scale coal gasification plant in the United States that manufactures natural gas. It is also the cleanest energy plant operating in the state of North Dakota, according to a comparison of emissions data available from the North Dakota Department of Health.

  • Average daily production of natural gas is about 153 million cubic feet, the majority of which is piped to Ventura, IA, for distribution in the eastern United States.
  • The Synfuels Plant supplies carbon dioxide to the world’s largest carbon capture and storage project in the world in Saskatchewan, Canada. Dakota Gas currently captures between 2.5 and 3 million metric tons of carbon dioxide per year.
  • The $2.1-billion plant began operating in 1984. Using Lurgi gasifiers, the Synfuels Plant gasifies lignite coal to produce valuable gases and liquids. Located five miles northwest of Beulah, ND, the Synfuels Plant has been owned and operated by Dakota Gas since 1988.
  • About $665 million has been invested in the Synfuels Plant since 1988 to achieve environmental compliance, improve efficiency, and diversify the product slate.

Officers
President/Steward - Dean Emter
Vice President/Steward - Brad Meidinger
Secretary - Sean Senske
Steward - Ralph Kemmet
Steward - Tyler Whiteley
Steward - Scott Fritz
Steward - Kevin Irwin
Steward - Don Buck
Steward - Brandon Sailer
Steward - Jordan Zander

Negotiating Committee
Brad Meidinger
Dean Emter
Sean Senske
Scott Fritz
Tyler Whitely
Brandon Sailer

Training committee
Collin Kittelson
Dan Peterson
Jesse Hruby
Marty Stuart
Kevin Holen
Jon Welk
Sean Senske

Safety Committee
Brandon Berreth
Craig Mattheis
Dan Peterson
Doug Leidholm
Jim Tupa
Kevin Irwin
Matt Parisien
Stanley Olson

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