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MDU Resources Group to build ND diesel refinery

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 7, 2013 at 5:55 pm •  Published: February 7, 2013

North Dakota's seven coal-fired power plants and lignite mines also are big users of diesel. But it's the equipment supporting the drilling in the Bakken and Three Forks oil shale formations in western North Dakota that are the biggest guzzlers.

Fuel suppliers have said about 2 million gallons of diesel is currently used daily in the state in the oil patch, largely powering the trucks and trains needed to move crude oil and material . It also takes about 3,000 gallons of diesel each day to power one drill rig. On Thursday, there were 184 rigs working in the state.

Several other diesel refinery projects have been proposed in the state over the past few years.

Chester Trabucco, president of Dakota Oil Processing LLC, said his company is planning a facility that is nearly identical to the proposed in Dickinson.

"We're right on their heels," Trabucco said

Construction of the $200 million, 20,000 barrel-per-day plant near Trenton in northwest North Dakota could begin within a year, he said.


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