Foundation pours are underway just north of Makoti on the Thunder Butte Petroleum Services refinery that should be ready to open in 2016.
When complete, it will have the ability to refine 20 thousand barrels of Bakken oil every day producing diesel, gasoline, jet fuel, and propane as well.
Richard Mayer is the CEO of Thunder Butte.
He says construction will really kick into gear this summer with much of the project coming together -- including more than three miles of railroad track on a looped system to move the product.
All of it will come together to not only keep tribal oil local...but other Bakken crude as well.
(Richard Mayer - Thurderbutte Petroleum Services, Inc. CEO) "The main focus is to take the Tribe's reserves and move them to the refinery site for refining but also we will open our capacity to involve other crude suppliers as well to meet that demand of 20 thousand barrels per day."
The diesel component of the project is exciting to Mayer.
65-hundred barrels per day will be produced here in the heart of a region that thirsts for the product.
(Richard Mayer - Thurderbutte Petroleum Services, Inc. CEO) "There is an underproduction of diesel in this area. 50 percent of the diesel has to be shipped in from out of state so we want to meet that demand and provide that quality product to those customers within this base."
During peak construction periods, more than 300 people will be employed working on the project, and once the refinery is up and running more than 100 people will be employed there.