Gov. Jack Dalrymple today announced that Delta Air Lines has received its first shipment of Bakken crude oil at its refinery in Trainer, Pa., becoming the latest U.S. company to capitalize on North Dakota's growing energy industry. The crude oil will be refined into jet fuel for Delta's fleet of airplanes. The company is using Bakken crude as a way to improve profits and retain jobs at its refinery. The plant employs more than 400 people.
Delta's subsidiary, Monroe Energy LLC, was forced to slow production at the 185,000 barrels-per-day plant in November of last year. The company is now receiving crude shipments from the Bakken shale rather than importing foreign crude at a higher cost.
"More and more, U.S. companies and East Coast refineries are turning to North Dakota's burgeoning energy industry as a solution for cost savings and saving jobs," Dalrymple said. "Delta is a great example of how Bakken crude is expanding our country's domestic oil production and reducing our dependence on foreign oil."
East Coast refineries are looking for ways to cut costs associated with importing crude from foreign markets. Delta joins other East Coast refiners like Phillips 66, which earlier this year committed to shipping Bakken crude oil to its refinery in New Jersey.
Delta Air Lines announced earlier this month that it will begin serving southwestern North Dakota by providing two daily, nonstop flights between Dickinson and Minneapolis/St. Paul. The service will begin June 10.