The OilField Report host Jason Spiess and Meridian VP of Permitting, Tom Williams discuss the Davis Refinery and the responsibility that comes with building the first greenfield refinery in the United States in over 50 years. Williams talks in depth about the permitting process and the importance of patience when trailblazing a new path in energy infrastructure.
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Meridian Energy is building a state-of-the-art crude oil refinery on over 700 acres of land near Belfield, N.D., in the heart of the Bakken. 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 crude oil feedstock offloading and refined fuels uploading terminal.
The local government agencies and permitting authorities have embraced the project as permanent job creators and a net contributor to the quality of life in the region.
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.