An oil refinery in Southwestern North Dakota is changing its name and coming up with a new recipe for renewable fuel.
Tesoro Refinery is embarking on a new vision.
“Today is our first day that we are officially Andeavor,” said Ron Day, Government and Public Affairs Officer for Andeavor.
The refinery is also exploring the possibility of using vegetable oil as a renewable fuel source.
“Any kind of oil seed . . vegetable oil in general, and we are going to co-process that as we are processing the crude oil . . . the Bakken crude from the local area and produce a renewable diesel fuel,” said Day.
The refinery received a $500, 000 grant from the industrial commission to to help with cost of the 3.5 million dollar project.
“We have to under the federal guidelines . . . the renewable fuel standards . . We have to as a corporation blend a certain amount of renewable fuels into our products.” said Day.
Andeavor’s plans are to create a 5% renewable diesel fuel mix of high quality that can be distributed in the North Dakota region.
“The volume that we are generating is roughly 400 barrels a day of vegetable oil into the process, so its not designed to go outside the regional market, ” said Day.
At this time, Andeavor doesn’t have a supplier for vegetable oil, but the project could create opportunities for oilseed processing plants in the region.
“Huge here in North Dakota is the agriculture industry, so we want to make that connection with the agriculture industry,” said Day.
The refinery is implementing the construction phase of the project right now, but drivers might see the renewable fuel at a gas station in the near future.
Day is hoping to start production in 2018