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ND Diesel Refinery will Create Jobs, Enhance Fuel Supply

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Governor Jack Dalrymple, MDU Resources Group, Inc. announced Thursday plans to build a diesel refinery in southwestern North Dakota. MDU Resources and Indiana-based Calumet Specialty Products Partners have formed a joint venture, Dakota Prairie Refining, to build and operate a refinery capable of processing 20,000 barrels of Bakken crude oil per day. The plant will produce diesel fuel and other hydrocarbons.

The refinery's design and engineering work are in the final stages and construction may begin as soon as this spring.  Plans are to build the refinery on a 318-acre site about four miles west of Dickinson. 

"The development of another refinery has been a long-time goal of our state and with this project we are achieving that goal," Governor Jack Dalrymple said. "The decision by MDU Resources and Calumet to move forward on a new diesel refinery is good news for North Dakota and the entire nation.

"This project will be built by the private sector. It will create more jobs, it will help to further diversify our economy and it will increase the region's supply of diesel fuel," Dalrymple said. "Our Department of Commerce will continue working with MDU and Calumet to move this project forward." 

The plant will employ approximately 100 people. Hiring and training of operating personnel is expected to begin in 2013. The plant's construction is expected to cost between $280 million and $300 million.

 Gov. Dalrymple met with company officials from MDU Resources and Calumet in March to discuss their plans to build a diesel refinery in western North Dakota. During that meeting, Dalrymple told company officials that the state will continue to assist MDU Resources and Calumet Specialty Products throughout the planning process.


Governor Jack Dalrymple will hold a news conference Thursday with corporate officials to announce plans for construction of a diesel refinery in North Dakota that will create jobs and provide other statewide benefits.

The announcement is set to be made at 3:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall at the State Capitol in Bismarck. Governor Dalrymple and the project's developers will take questions following the announcement.

We'll have much more on the story after the announcement, tonight on Valley News Live.

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