Meridian is building a state-of-the-art crude oil refinery sited on approximately 150 acres (and additional acreage for buffer) in Billings County east of the Fryburg Rail Facility in Belfield, North Dakota – the heart of the Bakken. At a rated capacity of up to 49,500 barrels per day (“bpd”), Davis could produce as much as 800mm gallons per year of refined products from local crude to serve regional markets. With groundbreaking taking place in July 2018, plant completion is expected by 2023. The property is in close proximity to oil and gas pipelines and major transportation highways. The Burlington Northern Santa Fe rail line runs directly through the refinery site, facilitating the construction of a refined fuels uploading terminal.
The local government agencies and permitting authorities have embraced the projects as permanent job creators and a net contributor to the quality of life in the region. The Permit to Construct was issued in June of 2018 by the North Dakota Department of Health – Air Quality Division and Site Construction began in July 2018. The Davis Refinery will enjoy several competitive advantages, including: the proximity to oil production; the use of low cost natural gas to operate the plant; its strategic location with direct access to major transportation infrastructure; the business friendly climate of North Dakota fostered by state and local officials.