Meridian Energy receives water allocation draft permit recommendation for Davis refinery

BELFIELD, ND — Meridian Energy Group, Inc., a developer of innovative solutions for environmentally-compliant oil refining technology, announced the company has received the Recommended Decision for the Davis Refinery water allocation from the North Dakota State Engineer’s Office.

Courtesy of Meridian Energy Group.
Courtesy of Meridian Energy Group.

Meridian applied for a water allocation permit on May 19, 2016 for groundwater to be drawn from the Dakota Aquifer. The Dakota Aquifer is a briny formation that will not compete in any way with potable water users such as farmers and ranchers. At the Davis Refinery location, this aquifer is approximately 5,700 ft deep and water drawn from this depth will need to be treated for use in the refinery, most likely using a reverse osmosis process.

Receipt of and publication of the Water Allocation Recommended Decision launches a comment period whereby questions can be sent to the Office of the State Engineer. With a short period following the completion of the comment period, the State Engineer will typically grant the Permit. Meridian’s Water Allocation Permit request was for 645 acre-ft of water per year, and 90% of that request was recommended by the State Engineer. In its decision, the Water Commission found that the request isn’t expected to impact potable water availability in the area.

This decision marks the latest hurdle cleared by Meridian in the extensive permitting process for the Davis Refinery, which involves two possible phases, phase 1, “Davis Light,” which will process approximately 27,500 bpd, and a Phase 2, “Davis Full,” which could double that capacity to 55,000 bpd.

The next permit application is already in-motion, as the North Dakota Department of Health Air Quality Division continues its review of the Meridian Permit to Construct application, which was required for both Davis Light and Davis Full, as a Synthetic Minor Source.

Should Meridian make the decision to proceed with Davis Full, their next permit application would be filed with the North Dakota Public Service Commission. The Public Service Commission has jurisdiction over granting a siting certificate for any oil processing facilities that have a capacity of greater than or equal to 50,000 bpd.

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