Environmental Regulators Clear Path for North Dakota Refinery
Meridian Energy of North Dakota is expected to finally begin construction of its long-planned Davis Refinery project in Belfield, North Dakota after regulatory parties for the state deemed the project worthy of further progress. The Davis refinery is now expected to commence in the first half of 2022.
Regarding the status of the project, North Dakota Environmental Engineer David Stroh stated that Meridian Energy has “done what they need to do,” and “As far as we’re concerned regarding air quality, they’ve commenced construction of a facility.” Air quality has been an area of key concern for the project, due to its site location near Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Delays ranging from lawsuits by environmental groups and from the coronavirus pandemic has stalled progress since receiving its initial construction permit back in 2018, but the project now seems to be headed forward. Once built, the Davis Refinery has an anticipated peak processing capacity of 49,500 barrels per day over two phases.
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From the April 2018 issue of Hydrocarbon Processing