- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 7, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A North Dakota company is planning a liquefied natural gas processing facility in Tioga, in the northwestern part of the state.

Tioga-based North Dakota LNG says the fuel will be used to offset the use of diesel during oil drilling operations.

CEO Pat Hughes says operations will begin this summer. He would not disclose the cost of the facility but says it will employ up to 30 people.

The plant is slated to produce up to 76,000 gallons of liquefied natural gas daily by early next year.

Hughes says that amount of LNG would displace about 44,000 gallons of diesel daily.

Hughes says a typical drill rig uses up to 2,500 gallons of diesel daily.

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