Enid received a welcome bit of economic news late last week when Koch Fertilizer announced it was planning another big construction project at its local plant.

The project would increase urea production at the facility east of Enid.

The company is in the early stages of the project, having just submitted a construction air permit application to increase ammonia upgrade capabilities due to changes in the distribution system and to better serve the growing demand for upgraded nitrogen products.

The project currently is in the engineering phase.

The plan is for construction to begin at the end of 2020, with startup in 2022. Once finished, the Enid plant will increase urea production to 1.8 million tons annually.

This is the second big expansion for Koch locally in just a matter of years.

In late 2017, Koch Fertilizer completed a $1.3 billion expansion project at the Enid plant.

The project included a tertiary water treatment facility utilizing wastewater from the city of Enid; a 900,000 ton-per-year urea plant; high-speed truck and rail loading facilities; an additional 90,000 tons of urea storage capacity; an electric power substation to supply new power and improve the reliability of existing power to the facility; and efficiency improvements and capacity increases to the existing ammonia plant.

The plant employs about 270 people.

Another highly visible project hasn’t seen a lot of work lately, and that’s had some people wondering. But, there’s nothing to worry about.

Construction at The District, an upcoming dining and entertainment development at the corner of Cleveland and Garriott, has come to a halt after a lot of work happened in a short amount of time.

According to developer Anchored Capital 3 Investments LLC, the halt is just because the developer is awaiting approval from the city of Enid and Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality for its proposed sewer and water plans, said Alex Williams of Anchored Capital.

September could be a slow month in terms of work, because ODEQ has up to 30 days to review submitted plans before it either approves or denies them.

As we said, though, there’s no need to worry.

We’re happy with the progress and know once all the procedural issues are settled, work will restart.

Some good things are happening or are on the horizon for Enid — in terms of our economy — with Koch’s expansion and The District.

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