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Read online @ B A K K E N O I L B I Z . C O M / d i g i t a l - j o u r n a l 13 Dakota Gasification Company Dakota Gas is either the belle of the ball or the fly in the ointment. Dakota Gas' Great Plains Synfuels Plant is in- tegrated with Antelope Valley Station, The adjoining Free- dom Mine, the largest lignite mine in the world, sells coal to Dakota Gas, Antelope Valley Station, Leland Olds Station, and the Freedom Mine—all owned by Basin Electric Power Cooperative. Dakota Gas has been a technology pioneer when it comes to the future of coal. All clean coal technologies seem to start with coal gasification. We are already partway there with the Synfuels Plant. The next state-of-the-art facility to the upper Midwest could be the Allam Cycle. The Allam Cycle The Allam Cycle consists of gasifying lignite coal to produce synthetic natural gas, which would then be used along with oxygen and carbon dioxide to drive a turbine generator. The carbon dioxide captured from the Allam Cycle plant could be used for enhanced oil recovery and other purposes. It might provide electric utilities a more efficient and emis- sion-free way of generating electricity using lignite coal. What if the operators of coal and natural gas power plants could find an affordable way to capture carbon dioxide and turn it into marketable products? That is the latest chal- lenge that Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, operator of 1,303-megawatt Craig Station coal-fired power plant, has taken up. The current cost of capturing carbon emissions is prohibitive, but if ways could be found to turn the CO2 into a revenue stream, it would be a major stride for the industry. Rather than looking at it as a political football, perhaps we need to look at it as an engineering challenge. Given enough resources and reasonable timeframe, the industry should be able to find a solution. Dakota Access Pipeline This multi-billion dollar infrastructure project will transport approximately 450,000 barrels of Bakken crude per day. The oil will travel through the pipe- line to Patoka, Illinois, where it will then be directed to markets across the country. In addition to Dakota Access, additional pipelines are in the works to help update oil infrastructure in western North Dakota. ONEOK, Oasis, and Sa- cagawea Pipeline Co. all have plans to build lines. As oil and gas infrastructure grows, the Bakken grows. This time, those hired for permanent positions in the state's recovering energy industry are bringing their families. The mood around the Bakken as the oil economy picks up is more subdued. It's nothing like the frenzy 10 years ago. When the Bakken first fired up, nothing could keep pace. Now businesses are prepared to oper- ate in an economy tied to global oil prices. Today's competitors learned a lot from the first Boom. Now, infrastructure is in place, housing is available, and schools and communities are prepared. The future looks bright in the Bakken. ■ (800) 229-6655 > Title V, PSD and state permiing > State and tribal registrations > NSPS OOOOa and NESHAP compliance > GHG and toxics inventory reporting > Bakken VOC emissions quantification > NAAQS/toxics modeling > Effective agency negotiation We help oil & natural gas producers understand and ensure compliance with air quality regulatory requirements Your Partner in Air Quality Compliance • Air Quality Basics for Oil & Natural Gas Field Operators • Air Quality Permiing in the Dakotas • Clean Air Act Workshop for the Oil & Natural Gas Industry • Compliance Management for Fugitive Emissions and LDAR for the Oil & Natural Gas Industry • OOOOa Leak Detection and Repair Mini-Course • Understanding the Requirements of NSPS OOOO and OOOOa Custom, onsite training also available. View our complete training schedule and register online at Available Training for EHS Professionals ➤ continued from pg 12

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