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Dalrymple Celebrates Completion of Dakota Prairie Refinery
Post Date: Jun 30 2015

By ND Governor's Office
Gov. Jack Dalrymple joined employees of MDU Resources Group and Indiana-based Calumet Specialty Products Partners in celebrating the completion of Dakota Prairie Refining, the first greenfield fuels refinery to be built in the United States in nearly 40 years.
“The Dakota Prairie Refinery is another example of the great progress we’re making in North Dakota to create good jobs, diversify our economy and to help meet the energy needs of our state and the nation,” Dalrymple said.  “The development of another fuel refinery in North Dakota has been a long-time goal, and I applaud MDU Resources and Calumet for this major achievement – the completion of the nation’s first greenfield fuel refinery in nearly 40 years.”
Built about four miles west of Dickinson, the Dakota Prairie Refinery can process 20,000 barrels of Bakken crude oil daily to produce 7,000 barrels of diesel fuel as well as other hydrocarbon products. A joint venture of MDU Resources, the refinery will employ 80 full-time workers and market its diesel fuel throughout the region.
Dalrymple began meeting with MDU Resources and Calumet in March 2012 to support the project’s development.  In February 2013, Dalrymple joined company leaders to announce plans for the refinery’s construction. 
Those joining Dalrymple to celebrate the refinery’s grand opening included MDU Resources Group President and CEO Dave Goodin, Calumet Board of Directors Chairman Fred Fehsenfeld, U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, Dickinson Mayor Dennis Johnson and North Dakota Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner.
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