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North Dakota county OKs 'energy park' rail loop


On Tuesday, Stutsman County, N.D., officials approved a proposed rail loop for the Spiritwood Energy Park Association.

The $7.5 million project calls for combining land owned by Great River Energy and the Jamestown/Stutsman Development Corp. (JSDC) into the Spiritwood Energy Park Association. The JSDC would provide $3.75 million to develop a rail loop to provide rail service to park tenants and own 71 percent of the park association. The county will provide $375,000 for the project.

The park and rail loop will be built only if Great River Energy’s plan to build the Dakota Spirit AgEnergy ethanol plant comes to fruition, county officials said in a prepared statement. The $100 million ethanol plant is projected to begin operating in fall 2013.