The steam and electricity generated this fall at Great River Energy’s Spiritwood Station will be short lived. Staff at the plant has started the commissioning process, which will lead to a roughly 60-day run this fall before shutting down the plant.
Local corn producers may be delivering their crop directly to a corn ethanol plant as soon as the 2013 harvest.
Great River Energy is in the planning stages for the Dakota Spirit AgEnergy plant. If financing can be finalized, the project could start construction in the spring of 2012 and be ready to start processing corn into fuel during the fall 2013 harvest.
SPIRITWOOD, N.D. — Great River Energy’s coal-fired heat and power plant, Spiritwood Station, is expected to go online commercially Jan. 1, 2012.
The plant is close to being completed and construction is planned to resume in April, according to Dennis Pozarnsky, GRE’s construction site and plant manager. A six-man crew of six finished some cleanup work, mostly removing scaffolding and other signs of construction, in mid-December. From April to June, Pozarnsky said about 100 workers will complete the last portion of the work.
A commercial greenhouse growing fresh produce during the winter in North Dakota?
For some area residents, that idea may sound preposterous. But a surprising number of people are excited and enthusiastic about exploring the potential of a commercial greenhouse.
SPIRITWOOD, N.D. — With the deadline pushed back to January 2012, construction on Great River Energy’s $276 million Spiritwood Station, a power plant generating electricity and steam heat, has slowed its pace.
In March, GRE planned to ramp up to about 500 workers to meet the original startup date of Oct. 1. The crews had begun working two shifts 24/7 on the heat and power plant in September. With the new date to be up and running, the number of construction workers has dropped to 350 and the hours of work reduced.
A $100,000 grant to Great River Energy is taking its development of a biomass ethanol refinery at Spiritwood to the next step with a detailed feasibility assessment of feedstock availability and potential markets for the byproducts.
A slow economy and a lagging demand for electricity will delay the start of operations at the Great River Energy plant at Spiritwood, according to Rick Lancaster, vice president for generation for GRE.
“There are a couple of reasons for this,” he said. “The slowdown in the market due to the recession means that prices and demand are down and, because we are a cooperative, we charge rates based on assets in service and by delaying the operations we can give our rate payers a break.”
Corn ethanol plants are fairly well known in the state and in the nation, but cellulosic ethanol plants are unheard of anywhere in the country. And yet, a cellulosic ethanol plant is exactly what Great River Energy is working to achieve for the Spiritwood Energy Park.
Great River Energy presented its plans to develop the country’s first biorefinery near Spiritwood at the Jamestown/Stutsman Development Corp. Board meeting Monday.
Greg Ridderbusch, GRE’s vice president of business development and strategy, and Sandra Broekema, GRE’s manager of business development, explained the steps the company’s taking. A Danish company, Inbicon A/S, has developed the technology to manufacture cellulosic ethanol, Broekema said. It has a demonstration plant making ethanol from wheat straw in Kalundborg, Denmark.
Six Kiwanis members attended a roundtable meeting at The Depot March 15 instead of the regular Kiwanis meeting. Fifteen Kiwanis members attended the Chamber’s Ag Week Noon Luncheon at the Gladstone Inn & Suites March 17. Kiwanis was recognized as having the largest representation of members in attendance of all the Jamestown service clubs.
About 420 construction workers are building inside and out on Great River Energy’s Spiritwood Station in a race to meet the Oct. 1 online date for the power plant.
And for the second winter, snow and cold weather hamper the work on the coal-fired power and heat plant near Spiritwood. Dennis Pozarnsky, GRE construction site manager, said within about 10 days, the number of workers will climb to more than 500 as temperatures begin to warm.
Area residents new to town are holding a fundraiser as a way to say “thank you” to the people who welcomed them here.
The 460 employees working at Great River Energy’s Spiritwood Station construction site are raising money and non-perishable food items for Community Action’s food pantry. As of Wednesday, the five crafts on the project — administrators, pipe fitters, iron workers, boilermakers/millwrights and civil crew — had raised about $1,800 in cash and collected more than 4,000 food items, said Dee Pickering, administrator of document control.
By Katie Ryan, The Jamestown Sun
, October 29, 2009
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