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$3B fertilizer plant planned for ND moves forward

JAMESTOWN, N.D. (AP) - Cenex Harvest States is moving forward with a plan to build a $3 billion fertilizer plant east of Jamestown.

the plant has been mulled for two years, but was put on hold in April because of escalating costs.

CHS Inc. President Carl Casale says plant construction could begin this fall, and operating in 2018.

It would use natural gas from North Dakota's oil patch to make anhydrous ammonia fertilizer.

North Dakota's natural gas production has been rising along with its oil output, leaving state officials and regulators scrambling to find ways to process and sell the fuel. The proposed factory will be a major customer for natural gas.

CHS is a farmer-owned cooperative based in Inver Grove Heights, Minn.