Posted 8/25/15 (Tue)
By Kevin Killough
Construction on Phase II of the NDLNG plant continues.
At the city commission meeting on Aug. 3, the Tioga Commission was informed a $39,000 building permit fee for a plant expansion had not been paid.
The city auditor’s office was uncertain at the time if the company had mistakenly paid the county for the permit. By the second commission meeting of August, the city auditor had determined no fee was paid to the county either.
The commission voted last week to issue a stop-work order on the site until the fee was paid.
A person answering the phone at the company’s Watford City corporate office said he was unaware of the issue and was going to look into it right away.
The person declined to give his name, saying he wasn’t authorized to speak to the media.
According to City Auditor Abby Salinas, the company paid the bill early last week.
“They paid right away and the cease and desist order was removed,” Salinas said.
The facility, which is located next to the Hess gas plant, converts natural gas into a liquid form for use in various commercial applications.
The first phase of the plant began operations in Oct. 2014 with a production capacity of about 10,000 gallons of LNG. The second phase, once complete, will increase that to 66,000 to 83,000 per day.