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Calumet says new N.D. diesel refinery rampup to take 3 months

HOUSTON - A new 20,000 barrels-per-day diesel refinery in North Dakota will begin commissioning in the fourth quarter, but it will take up to three months to ramp up to its full capacity, Calumet Specialty Products Partners Chief Operating Officer Jennifer Straumins told analysts on Wednesday.

The refinery will yield about 8,000 bpd of diesel fuel and 6,000 bpd of atmospheric tower bottoms, or refining leftovers from diesel processing. The rest will be naphtha to sell as diluent for Canadian heavy crude, she said during the company's quarterly earnings call.

The plant in North Dakota's Bakken shale is a joint venture with MDU Resources Inc.