Meridian Energy Group, Inc. Continues to Strengthen its Management Team in Preparation for Davis Refinery Construction

BELFIELD, N.D., June 26, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Meridian Energy Group, Inc., the leading developer of innovative and environmentally-compliant oil refining facilities, today announced the hiring of three key management personnel for the Davis Refinery, including, Miguel A. Martinez. Having successfully secured the Permit to Construct (“PTC”) for the Davis Refinery earlier this month, Meridian is quickly moving ahead to strengthen not only its Environmental Engineering team, but also Refinery Operations. Each new member brings extensive knowledge and unique expertise to the innovative Meridian project.

Miguel A. Martinez was appointed as the Environmental Safety & Health Director of Meridian’s Environmental Engineering team. An experienced environmental engineer, Martinez brings an impressive and proven track record of successful work in chemical engineering, refining, and mining industries. In fact, in his previous position with Zia Engineering & Environmental Consultants, Martinez has played a critical role in the modeling and air quality permitting process for the Davis Refinery PTC. Mr. Martinez holds a Chemical Engineering degree from New Mexico State University.

Thomas Johnson, Meridian Vice President of Operations, had this to say regarding the hiring of Dr. Karre and Mr. Martinez, “We at Meridian Energy Group, Inc. are very pleased to add Miguel Martinez to our team as Environmental Safety & Health Director, and Dr. Annand Karre as Associate Environmental Manager.  Both are outstanding individuals who are very qualified and experienced in their fields.  Meridian continues to demonstrate our commitment to developing and maintaining the cleanest refinery ever built.”

Meridian has also bolstered its Davis Refinery Execution team with the edition of William Bayard. Mr. Bayard will serve as Project Manager for Davis Phase 1 and brings 35 years of experience in project management in the oil and gas energy sectors, having held roles as a Facility Engineer as well as a Program Director. Mr. Bayard has managed world-class facilities in upstream onshore and offshore production, downstream refining, chemical and geothermal industries.

Lance Medlin, Meridian EVP of Projects, commented on the addition of Mr. Bayard to the team, “Meridian Energy continues to recruit the top industry professionals ensuring the safe and responsible delivery of the Davis Refinery to our North Dakota Operations Team. William is a well versed Electrical Engineer and Project Director whose vast engineering and project management background truly strengthen the Meridian Energy team.”

About Meridian Energy Group, Inc.
The Mission of Meridian Energy Group, Inc. is to provide long-term shareholder value through the development and operation of the cleanest, most efficient and environmentally-compliant crude oil refineries in the world, benefiting the communities and its investors. Established in 2013, Meridian is led by industry experts with a combined 500 years of world-class expertise in energy & hydrocarbon processing, project development, finance, and large capital project management. Meridian Energy Group, Inc.’s current headquarters is in Belfield, ND.

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