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Diesel refinery down for repairs

Diesel refinery down for repairs

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North Dakota’s newest refinery is down for repairs after trouble with the unit that produces hydrogen.

Dakota Prairie Refining, near Dickinson, which processes Bakken crude into diesel, has been down since Thursday and will be off line until sometime next week, says MDU Resources spokesman Rick Matteson.

In the meantime, the refinery has diesel to sell off the rack and is finding storage for incoming crude, according to Matteson.

The diesel refinery — a partnership of MDU and Calumet Specialty Products — has been in commercial operation since May 15. This major maintenance outage is primarily targeted at fixing the hydrogen unit, a process that’s used to purify the diesel, but will include other maintenance that would have been scheduled later, he said.

“We had some other issues and decided to move those forward. There are always issues with a new plant; it’s a normal part of the operation,” Matteson said.

The company has been satisfied overall with how the refinery is operating, according to Matteson, who said customers are also satisfied with the diesel product.

(Reach Lauren Donovan at 701-220-5511 or lauren@westriv.com.)

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