Meridian group finalizes tech, designs for new Bakken refinery

By Luke Geiver | October 01, 2018

A proposed Bakken refinery is another step closer to turning Williston Basin-sourced hydrocarbons into diesel fuel. Meridian Energy Group Inc. will use Axens as the main technology provider for the 49,500 barrel per day refinery under construction in Billings County, North Dakota.

The technology suite being considered for the refinery by Axens includes the company’s trademarked diesel hydrotreater, benzene reduction unit and naphtha hydrotreating unit. The latest design efforts also include an octanizing unit and a hydrocracker for the production of both high-octane gasoline and diesel fuel.

In addition to the processing of Bakken oil, the refinery will utilize locally sourced vegetable oil to help the refinery meet requirements of the Renewable Fuel Standard.

Since first announcing the project, the Meridian team has worked to achieve the lowest possible emissions rates for the refinery.

Near Dickinson, ND, another Bakken-linked refinery was also constructed to process 20,000 barrels of crude per day. That facility was acquired by Andeavor and has since announced plans to convert its feedstock from Bakken crude into renewable vegetable oil from soybeans and distillers corn oil.

A conversion has already started on the Dickinson refinery.