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ND refinery plans outage for expansion project

BISMARCK (AP) -- A petroleum marketing official says North Dakota's sole oil refinery is planning a two-week shutdown this month to launch an expansion project that will bump the factory's capacity by 10,000 barrels daily.

North Dakota Petroleum Marketers Association President Mike Rud says Tesoro officials notified fuel marketers this week that the Mandan plant would halt production in early June to bring the $35 million project online. It will increase the refinery's output to 68,000 barrels a day.

Rud says he doesn't expect any fuel shortages during the outage.

Tesoro announced the expansion project last year to capitalize on record production from the Bakken and Three Forks formations in western North Dakota.

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