MANDAN, N.D. — The only oil refinery in North Dakota is positioned for a $125 million facelift to increase its capacity for low-sulfur diesel fuel and to comply with federal environmental standards, the Associated Press reported.

The San Antonio-based Tesoro Corp. said it plans to invest that amount in the Mandan, N.D., refinery over the next two years. About $80 million will be spent on increasing the refinery's capacity for ultra-low sulfur diesel by 2,000 barrels a day and upgrading other production to meet federal standards.

"It will not actually increase our gasoline-production capability," Leif Peterson, the refinery's personnel manager, told AP. "But we have to make these improvements to meet these EPA regulations."

The remaining $45 million will be spent to totally shut down the refinery to make improvements, upgrades and other work that cannot be completed while the refinery is in operation, Peterson said.


Originally posted on Green Fleet Magazine