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Dakota Prairie Refinery on Track to be Completed by December

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Construction is still on track for the first oil refinery to be built in the state of North Dakota in over 30 years.

The Dakota Prairie Refinery is expected to be up and running by December of this year.

The facility, located just west of Dickinson, will process 20,000 barrels of oil per day.  

It will produce 7000 barrels a day of diesel fuel in addittion to other fuels.  

Developers with MDU resources say the project has had its challenges, but they are set to be online and running by the anticipated date.

"Today as we sit we are roughly 75% complete with the project...We've had a kind of rough patch of weather since we started construction..as we said today we are roughly 2 weeks behind schedule but what were going to do when to get that back on track is in late August will probably start working two shifts; a night shift in addition to our 6-10 hour days we are working now." says John Stumpf with MDU Resources

Official say finding skilled workers for the facility has been easier than expected.

When operational, the refinery will employ about 90 workers.

Hiring managers have already filled 70 of the positions with workers who have on average at least 10 years of experience working in the field.

Plant Manager says although many of them are residents of North Dakota, people have come from from all over the country to be part of this historic project.

"We've hired people from plants in Texas, in Minnesota, Florida, Washington, Montana so we've got a pretty good cross section." says Dave Podratz, Plant Manager 

Podratz says about two thirds of the workforce is from North Dakota.

Refinery officials also say that statistics show with every 1 refinery job created, 7 other jobs are typically created along with it.
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