Foundation for new refinery laid

Construction on a new diesel refinery in North Dakota has begun with the foundation being laid in early December. 

Bismarck, N.D.-based MDU Resources Group Inc. and Indianapolis-based Calumet Specialty Products Partners have teamed up to build the Dakota Prairie Refinery west of Dickinson, according to company officials in a press release issued Nov. 29. 

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Officials say it could cost up to $300 million to build the facility, which will process crude from the Bakken and Three Forks formations in western North Dakota. 

The facility is scheduled to be finished in late 2014.

Airborne survey of Eagle Ford completed

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A company from France has completed a high-resolution airborne magnetic gradiometer survey in the Eagle Ford Shale. 

CGG — a geoscience company — says its survey covers DeWitt, Dimmit, Gonzales, Karnes, La Salle, Lavaca, Live Oak, McMullen and Webb counties in Texas. 

The survey will help energy companies drill oil and gas wells more accurately, according to a press release from CGG. 

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Magnetic gradiometers detect variations in the planet’s magnetic field, showing potentially useful information about geographical formations. The company will make the survey available to a group of clients in the next few weeks, CGG says. 

CGG also plans to conduct similar surveys in other shale plays in the United States.

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