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Published November 09, 2010, 08:00 AM

ND co-op close to decision on carbon project

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Basin Electric Power Cooperative says it will decide soon whether to capture carbon dioxide at its coal-fired power plant in central North Dakota.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Basin Electric Power Cooperative says it will decide soon whether to capture carbon dioxide at its coal-fired power plant in central North Dakota.

Basin wants to retrofit its Antelope Valley Power station near Beulah to capture carbon dioxide, store it underground, and sell it to oil companies for enhanced oil recovery.

Company CEO Ron Harper told North Dakota Public Radio that an engineering study could be completed this month and presented to Basin's board in December.

If a project is built, the federal Energy Department has promised to back a $300 million loan to help pay for it.

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