Storm damages part of $500 million project at Dakota Gasification Company near Beulah

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The July 3 storm destroyed a big part of a half million dollar project: the start of a fertilizer plant for farmers and ranchers at Dakota Gasification Company, near Beulah.

Dale Johnson says the good news from Sunday is no one was injured. The bad news, is what's left.

"We really don't know what the cost will be, we're not sure how long it's going to take to re-build," says Johnson.

This pile of metal is what remains of a storage barn at the company's Great Plains Synfuels Plant in Beulah. Seventy-six-mile-per-hour winds from the rain storm tore it apart.

"The rain was coming so hard we weren't actually able to see the building fail, but it all happened in a very brief period of time," says Johnson.

Johnson says the processing part of the plant was left unharmed, but several pieces of equipment and cranes were damaged. He says the next step is understanding if something was wrong with the structure before the storm hit.

"Obviously it's a fair amount of work so we got a number of professionals who are coming out today and over the course of the week," says Johnson.

The project was set to be completed by next spring, but it might be set back. Until they have a better understanding of the building failure, workers are doing foundation work for another part of the project.

Johnson says an insurance policy will help cover the cost of repairs.