Groups in North Dakota and Iowa will co-develop CO2 storage

CENTER, ND (AP) — A North Dakota-based electric cooperative and an Iowa company announced an agreement Thursday to co-develop carbon dioxide storage facilities.

Minnkota Power Cooperative, which operates out of Grand Forks, and Summit Carbon Solutions, based in Ames, Iowa, said the CO2 storage facilities would be located in western North Dakota near the city. of Center.

Minnkota and Summit said they previously worked independently on the development of their respective carbon capture and storage projects.

The co-op’s Tundra project aims to install carbon capture technologies at Milton R. Young Station, a centrally located coal-fired power plant. Project Summit involves capturing emissions from multiple ethanol plants in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and the Dakotas and pumping them thousands of feet underground in western North Dakota for permanent storage. .

The agreement gives Summit access to Minnkota’s 100 million ton capacity CO2 storage site in Oliver County. It also creates the framework to jointly develop additional nearby CO2 storage resources, whose overall CO2 storage is estimated at more than 200 million tons.

Minnkota and Summit said the partnership “will move their projects faster, more efficiently and more cost-effectively toward commercial operations.”

Bonny J. Streater