Meridian Energy Group has awarded a contract to SEH Design|Build to for the performance of site and civil design and construction services for the Davis Refinery.


Image: A refinery. Photo courtesy of Gary Scott/

In June, Meridian Energy secured a permit from the North Dakota Department of Health – Air Quality Division for the construction of the Davis Refinery.

SEH D|B, a subsidiary of Short Elliott Hendrickson, will be responsible for a significant portion of the project.

The Davis Refinery will come up on nearly 150 acres of area in Billings County east of the Fryburg Rail Facility in Belfield, North Dakota.

With a rated capacity of up to 49,500 barrels per day (bpd), it is expected to produce as much as 800mm gallons per year of refined products from local crude to serve regional markets.

Under the contract, SEH D|B will lead civil construction activities by refining site grading plans to establish final grades and contours.

For the project, SEH D|B is expected to employ a team of local subcontractors from Belfield and surrounding areas.

Initial construction activities for the refinery will include the installation of erosion control devices, storm water pond development and ditch shaping to establish vegetation.

Meridian CEO William Prentice said: “It is great to be finally beginning site work for Davis, and to be working with these fine local companies as we get the project moving. We already owe a lot to these firms. ABC Fencing has been involved in the Davis Refinery from the start, and Martin Construction has provided valuable guidance during construction planning for Davis.

“SEH has been instrumental in moving the project forward, not only in general site planning and engineering, but mostly in their involvement in the permitting of the Davis Refinery. We are grateful to these firms, and proud to be continuing the relationship.”

The refinery’s location is claimed to be in close proximity to oil and gas pipelines and major transportation highways.