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Anhydrous ammonia project in Kandiyohi County, Minn., awarded major state grant

WILLMAR -- The West Central Renewable Ammonia Development LLC has been awarded a $450,000 state grant to help take the project into its next phase.

The grant award was announced today by the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission. The money was awarded by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture through its NextGen program, which targets rural energy projects.

The funding allows the EDC "to get off to a running start" with its anhydrous ammonia project, said Steve Renquist, executive director of the Economic Development Commission.

It marks the successful completion of raising the project's first $1 million to support the next phase, which will be the development of detailed engineering plans and construction estimates.

The renewable ammonia project proposes to turn locally produced biomass into anhydrous ammonia for fertilizer. A production site hasn't been chosen yet; that's expected to come in the next phase, said Cathy Keuseman, agriculture and renewable energy development specialist for the Economic Development Commission.

When completed, it will convert 95,000 tons of biomass to 45,000 tons of subsidy-free anhydrous ammonia annually.

Anne Polta

Anne Polta covers health care, business/economic development and general assignment. Her HealthBeat blog can be found at http://healthbeat.areavoices.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnePolta.

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