North Dakota refinery announcement expected today

BISMARCK – Gov. Jack Dalrymple plans to hold a news conference today to announce plans for construction of a new diesel refinery in North Dakota.

The project will create jobs and provide other statewide benefits, according to a news release from the governor’s office.

More information will be released during a 3:30 p.m. press conference at the Capitol with Dalrymple and the project’s developers.

The news release did not say what project will be involved with the announcement. At least three refineries are in the works in North Dakota.

WBI Energy, a business arm of MDU Resources Group, and Calumet Refining LLC propose a refinery near Dickinson.

Dakota Oil Processing proposes a diesel refinery near Trenton. A representative from the Trenton project said they are not involved in today’s press conference.

Three Affiliated Tribes is working on a refinery on the Fort Berthold Reservation.

The last major refinery built in the lower 48 states of the United States began operating in 1977 in Garyville, La., according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

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