$430 million Dakota Prairie oil refinery launches operations

Associated Press

$430 million Dakota Prairie oil refinery launches operations

DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) — A new oil refinery has started operating in western North Dakota.

Bismarck-based MDU Resources Group and Indianapolis-based Calumet Specialty Products Partners built the $430 million Dakota Prairie Refinery near Dickinson. Officials said Monday that it has begun producing diesel fuel and is expected to start selling it later this month.

Crews broke ground on the refinery in March 2013. Once it is fully operational, it will process 20,000 barrels of oil each day into diesel fuel and other products. A barrel is 42 gallons.

About 80 people work at the plant.

The only other refinery producing fuel in North Dakota is the Tesoro Corp. plant at Mandan.

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