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Plant Manager

Phone: (701) ***-****  
Email: d***@***.com
Local Address:  Dickinson , North Dakota , United States
Dakota Prairie Refining , LLC

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Dave Podratz, refinery ..., 16 July 2009 [cached]
Dave Podratz, refinery manager, Murphy Oil USA/Superior Refinery
Minnesota Power executive; and ..., 25 Oct 2007 [cached]
Minnesota Power executive; and David Podratz, general manager of Murphy Oil.
Great Lakes & Seaway Shipping News Archive 2010, 1 Feb 2013 [cached]
"Everything old is new again," said Dave Podratz, general manager of Calumet operations in Superior.
The transfer from pipeline to water-based transportation makes sense because Enbridge can bring 500,000 more barrels a day into Superior than it can send out, Podratz said. And shipping by Great Lakes vessel is about one-third the cost of moving oil by rail car - about $3.50 a barrel compared to $9 a barrel for rail, according to Calumet's estimates.
"The Upper Midwest is awash in oil. They have more oil than capacity to move it," Podratz said in detailing the plan. "We have a window of opportunity here to help move it to market."
Podratz said the Superior oil terminal will have a relatively short life expectancy - about five to 10 years after completion - because pipelines are still the fastest and cheapest way to move crude oil. Several companies, including Enbridge, have major pipeline expansions and new routes currently being planned.
"In fact, if Keystone XL goes ahead fast, this (Superior terminal project) probably goes away," Podratz told the News Tribune. "Pipelines are still the easiest and cheapest way to move oil. They just can't put pipelines in fast enough or to enough places to handle the supply right now."
Railcars, barges and ships also can haul oil to more refineries than pipelines, allowing oil companies to sell to the highest bidders.
The idea was first raised a year ago by a shipping company and an Ontario refinery on Lake Erie that wanted more oil, Podratz said. That refinery eventually backed out, but Calumet liked the concept and has kept the ball rolling. Since Calumet issued a press release on the possible Superior terminal last month, Podratz has received calls from both refineries and the companies that own tankers and barges.
"There's a lot of interest," he said. "But no one has signed on yet."
Part of the attraction is that North Dakota crude from the Bakken oil fields is trading at a deep discount compared to North Sea or even Gulf of Mexico crude - as much as $25 a barrel cheaper, making transportation costs much less of an issue in the Midwest.
North Dakota crude can be sent by rail car to the Gulf Coast more cheaply than oil produced in the Gulf Coast, Podratz noted.
The 6-inch, 1950s-vintage pipe needs some repairs but is still in good shape and is permitted to move oil, Podratz said.
Podratz said his company's investigations show ample fleet capacity on both the U.S. and Canadian sides of the lakes, noting Canadian tankers loaded in Superior would have to unload in Canada under U.S. maritime regulations.
"We're already moving oil out of pipelines and onto the rail system,'' Podratz noted.
Hubbard is the reigning champion of the village's decades-old David versus Goliath effort to get the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and state government to build a new breakwater to protect the harbor at Grand Marais.
The Daily Telegram - Superior, Wisconsin, 19 Mar 2003 [cached]
"The community of Superior and our employees deserve a hearty ‘thank you' for all the support they have displayed during these negotiations," said Dave Podratz, Superior's refinery manager."Our employees and the community truly stepped up to the line to ensure that we received a permit that would allow us to operate without fear of unwarranted violations."
Dave Podratz, Superior ..., 17 Mar 2010 [cached]
Dave Podratz, Superior refinery manager for Murphy Oil USA, said existing pipelines bring his refinery enough oil. "It won't affect us at all. We won't be using any of that capacity,'' Podratz said.
Murphy's proposed $6 billion refinery expansion has been shelved -- apparently permanently -- as several factors have combined to cut U.S. demand for gasoline, Podratz said. New oil moving on the Alberta Clipper will probably keep moving south, on another Enbridge pipeline -- called the Southern Access -- to refineries in Illinois and Indiana, such as a new BP refinery outside Chicago.
Had Murphy Oil decided to build its massive expansion in Superior, first unveiled in 2007, the Alberta Clipper probably would have supplied Murphy. Experts say U.S. demand for gasoline may have peaked in 2007 and may never get that high again. Gas demand is down because of the recession, higher gas prices, higher-mileage cars, older Baby Boom drivers driving fewer miles, conservation efforts and other reasons. Meanwhile, Podratz said the U.S. is importing more and more refined gasoline from refineries overseas, lowering demand for U.S. refineries even more.
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