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Dickinson Refinery Employee Excited to be On Board

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Oil jobs have brought people to North Dakota from far and wide.

The Dakota Prairie Refinery going up near Dickinson is no exception, bringing in people from all over the country.

Ben Smith spoke to one of these employees who has come from oversees to be part of the energy boom.

Things are all all abuzz at the Dakota Prairie Refinery in Dickinson.  The facility is expected to be online by December of this year, but the majority of their employees are already hired.  One of them is Akim Maduvu.

"You don't go wrong by working in the oil refining industry."

Maduvu is originally from Zimbabwe.  He came to the US and got a degree in applied chemistry, but after working for while as a teacher in Kentucky, his thirst for knowledge had him digging for something different, so he packed his bags for North Dakota oil country.

"There are more opportunities, it's more fascinating, and there are more challenges.  A lot of brainstorming, new ideas, there is more chemistry involved.."

Maduvu's story is just one of many.

The Dakota Prairie Refinery has filled 70 of it's 90 positions, David Podratz the refinery manager said hiring experienced workers has been easier than expected, some come from out of state, but 2/3rd's are from right here, in North Dakota.

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

Maduvu is excited to be a part of the first new refinery on US soil in more than 30 years.

"This is a big opportunity for my career, I'm really excited.  We are looking forward to producing the low ultra sulfer diesel which will meet the demands for the North Dakota region and other states around the country." says Maduvu

Ben Smith


The Refinery will produce 7,000 barrels of diesel fuel per day and administration says the need for diesel fuel in North Dakota has more than quadrupled in the last ten years.

Maduvui will be working in operations for the Refinery.

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