MOSCOW (MRC) -- The North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality confirmed that Meridian met the deadline for commencement of construction under its Permit to Construct on June 12, 2021, according to Hydrocarbonprocessing.
“They’ve done what they need to do. As far as we’re concerned regarding air quality, they’ve commenced construction of a facility,” David Stroh, Environmental Engineer, North Dakota Department of Environmental said.
While the Company acknowledges that it has suffered delays due to litigation and the impact of COVID, Meridian Energy Group, Inc., the leading developer of innovative and environmentally-compliant oil refining facilities, continues to make steady and methodical progress on Davis.
On June 12, Meridian entered into an engineering, procurement and construction agreement for the crude distillation unit of the Davis Refinery, representing a substantial portion of the total installed cost of the full Davis Refinery. As design of the crude unit proceeds, Meridian will expand the scope of this EPC agreement to include the remaining units of Davis.
Meridian initiated site preparation in 2018. Most of the rough grading and additional site work was completed that summer following the award of the PTC. The bulk of the Davis activity for the next several months will be on detailed design and the procurement/fabrication of modules. As a result, substantial site activity will not resume until next year, when foundations and other subsurface work will commence.
As MRC wrote before, in late January 2019, Meridian Energy Group, Inc., announced that the company had signed an agreement with McDermott out of Houston, Texas under which McDermott will finalize the Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) for the Meridian Davis Refinery in Billings County, North Dakota.
Ethylene and propylene are the main feedstocks for the production of polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP), respectively.
According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 1,396,960 tonnes in January-July 2021, up by 7% year on year. Shipments of all grades of ethylene polymers increased. At the same time, PP shipments to the Russian market were 841,990 tonnes in the first seven months of 2021, up by 29% year on year. Supply of propylene homopolymers (homopolymer PP) and block-copolymers of propylene (PP block copolymers) increased, whereas supply of statistical copolymers of propylene (PP random copolymers) subsided.