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ND tribe selects firm for refinery construction

Associated Press Modified: November 24, 2012 at 9:30 am •  Published: November 24, 2012

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The chairman of the Three Affiliated Tribes says a Utah firm has been selected to engineer and build the first phase of the tribe's planned $400 million oil refinery.

Tribal chairman Tex Hall says Salt Lake City-based Chemex Inc. was selected from a pool of companies.

The tribe says construction should start next spring on the refinery, which would be the first one built in the United States in more than 30 years.

Hall says the tribe is financing the project with a bond sale. He says it will process about 20,000 barrels of oil each day from North Dakota's booming oil patch.

Hall says it's the biggest economic project in the history of the Three Affiliated Tribes.