Robert Brelsford Downstream Technology Editor Meridian Energy Group Inc. has let a contract to Winkler Cos. LLC to provide site control for a full-conversion refinery in Winkler County, Tex., in the heart of the Permian basin. The Permian basin refinery, which will process local crude from the Delaware basin into a full slate of refined products for local and regional markets, will have a throughput capacity of about 60,000 b/d and be modeled after Meridian’s grassroots 49,500-b/sd high-conversion Davis refinery currently under construction in Billings County in the heart of southwestern North Dakota’s Bakken shale region, Meridian said.
In 2018, the United States crude oil production continues to climb. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, production in the Permian Basin accounts for nearly 30 percent of the total U.S. production. Much of that is due to the exploration of resources within the Delaware Basin, a prolific shale formation within the Permian Basin. Production in the Delaware is requiring increased innovation to responsibly provide water for the industry.