Meridian Energy lets contract for North Dakota refinery

By Robert Brelsford
OGJ Downstream Technology Editor

Meridian Energy Group Inc. has let a contract to McDermott International Inc. to finalize front-end engineering design for Meridian’s recently approved grassroots 49,500-b/sd high-conversion Davis refinery to be built in Billings County in the heart of southwestern North Dakota’s Bakken shale region (OGJ Online, Aug. 10, 2016).

Following the completion of the FEED effort, the parties will be prepared to enter into a comprehensive turnkey engineering, procurement and construction agreement to build the refinery, McDermott said.

Meridian previously initiated site preparation and grading at the Davis site and currently is proceeding with final design, equipment fabrication, and procurement, with full construction activities and foundation work to resume in spring 2019.

This latest contract follows Meridian’s award to GATE Energy to deliver commissioning and start-up services for the refinery, as well as a contract to Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc. subsidiary SEH Design Build Inc. to deliver site, civil design, and construction services for the project (OGJ Online, Sept. 11, 2018).

The North Dakota Department of Health’s division of air quality previously issued Meridian the final permit-to-construct the project—under the first application in history for a full-conversion refinery of this size and complexity to seek and receive permitting to construct under classification as a synthetic minor source of air contaminants—in June (OGJ Online, June 13, 2018).


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Rigzone: Bakken Refinery Contract Goes to McDermott

By Matthew V. Veazey

McDermott International, Inc. will finalize the front-end engineering design (FEED) for the grassroots Davis Refinery in the Bakken formation in North Dakota, project developer Meridian Energy Group, Inc. informed Rigzone late Wednesday.

“Meridian’s mission is to drive the reinvention of the refining industry, and the Davis Refinery is intended to be the prototype for a new type of refinery,” William Prentice, Meridian’s CEO, said in a written statement.

Meridian broke ground in July of this year on the 49,500-barrel per day (bpd) Davis Refinery, which will be located on a 150-acre site with rail access in Belfield, N.D. As a December 2017 Rigzone article on the project notes, the refinery will produce light distillates (gasoline and naphtha), middle distillates (diesel fuel, fuel oil and kerosene/jet fuel) and heavy/bottom distillates (lubricants, motor oil and asphalt base). In addition, the company has stated that the facility will boast:

• Technologies to remove benzene and sulfur from gasoline production

• Combustion control technology in the flare stack to curb releases of carbon monoxide (CO), sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx)

• Leak-detection sensors and optical infrared imaging to monitor valves, gaskets and seals for volatile organic compound (VOC) releases

“The Davis Refinery is being designed as a cutting-edge facility, setting a new standard in how emerging energy needs are addressed at regional levels,” stated Lance Medlin, Meridian’s executive vice president of projects.

After McDermott completes the FEED, Meridian and McDermott will be prepared to enter into a comprehensive turnkey engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) agreement to build the refinery, stated Meridian.

Meridian also noted that it has initiated site preparation and grading and is proceeding with final design and equipment fabrication and procurement. Full construction activities and foundation work will resume next spring, the company added.


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