Anticipated September Start-Up Will Make MCW’s Project the First Environmentally-Friendly Oil Sands Project in America.
MCW Energy Group, (TSX-V: MCW) a Canadian-registered holding company has been recently reporting the progress of its extraction unit fabrication and assembly at Asphalt Ridge, Utah through a series of press releases noting the steps to completion as the Company gets closer to final assembly and testing of its 250 bbl/day (capacity projected) initial extraction plant. In October, the main concrete pads for the base of the extraction plant were completed and the main extraction column was assembled and fixed into place. The main super-structure of the unit’s framework was completed, so the unit presently stands at a height of 4 storeys tall.
All access, entry and other supportive rods were developed and constructed onto and throughout the lease site last October. Since then, the concrete pads and the foundation have been fortified with gravel material to withstand temperatures as low as -40F. Uintah Machine & Manufacturing Co. of Utah, is in the process of completing the fabrication of the unit’s feeding bins, pug mixer and pre-mixing tank.
A conveyor system, pictured at the top of this story, which delivers the oil sands ore has been supplied by another local company and is now awaiting assembly. All structural steel components have been designed approved and ordered from Steel Breeze Inc., another Utah-based company. The four storey super-structure for the extraction unit has now been assembled on site (see photos).
A steel staircase system for easy access has been delivered and installed beside the super-structure. All of the main extraction process components including the extraction column (see photos), rectification column, evaporator, heat exchangers, condenser, chiller and other relevant equipment have been installed on their corresponding concrete pads in accordance with engineering drawings and process system diagrams. The objective of this project is to create and validate an environmentally-safe oil sands extraction system which is scalable for commercial viability.
MCW’s electrical contractor, C & G Electric Co., is now in the process of installing the required underground electric systems which will service all of the unit’s electrical requirements, including site floodlighting. The physical layout design for all equipment towers, lines and tanks has also been completed. The assembly stage of the extraction unit to be performed by MCW’s experienced engineering team is expected to take several weeks prior to a rigorous testing program once all components of the unit are in place. Further details on our first extraction plant will be reported here on our website and/or through a series of our ongoing press releases.
MCW Oil Sands Recovery, LLC is an oil sands extraction technology company which also owns a key oil sands lease property in the prolific Asphalt Ridge region of Utah. The Company’s strategy is to develop its own oil production inventory, which in turn will provide a steady access to its own, independent oil supply and subsequently, will result in greater flexibility in pricing controls.
[Formerly McWhirter Distributing Company]
For 75 years, MCW Fuels has been distributing oil and diesel products throughout western United States and has become one of the leading distributors in the petroleum products industry on the west coast. Established in 1938, MCW Fuels now markets over 150 million gallons of branded and unbranded fuels per year, with 2012 sales totalling $363,300,000, (up from sales of $241,500,000 in 2011 and sales of $188,700,000 in 2010.) Beginning with a single distributorship in Van Nuys, California, MCW Fuels has an aggressive acquisition program underway, purchasing Westco Petroleum Distributors Inc., and Ocean Pacific Fuels Inc. in June/July, 2012.
On June 12th, 2014, the University of Houston’s Cullen College of Engineering Alumni honored our CEO, Dr. R.G. Bailey during their annual Alumni Awards Gala, which recognizes key alumni members for their significant contributions to society and the profession.
Gerald Bailey, Ph.D.,P.E., (BSChE ’63) is a product of the UH Cullen College of Engineering’s chemical engineering department and studied under such notable professors as Dukler and Tiller, who set the standards for the department. He was active in the AIChE student chapter and won first place in the 1963 regional paper contest among Texas universities with a paper on fuel cells. He joined Texaco after graduation, and over a period of 15 years, worked in Port Arthur, Texas and New York, NY in the petrochemicals department, rising to a plant supervisor position. He then took a position in Libya, where he had operations supervisory posts in production and LNG. Subsequently, he served as operations superintendent at the Exxon refinery in Aruba. He then travelled back to the Middle East to Qatar Petroleum as field operation manager of the Abu Dhabi Onshore Oil Company. In 1992, he was appointed President, Exxon Arabian Gulf with responsibility for all operations in the region. He retired early in 1997 to return to the United States after many years abroad.
Since then Gerald remains active in consultations at Bailey Petroleum, where he is involved in consulting and operations management of several oil and gas ventures. He was recognized by the AIChE for these services. He currently serves on a number of industry boards, holding chairman, and CEO positions, among which are MCW Energy Group, BCM Energy, Trinity Energy and Origin Oil. Along with being an UII Alumni Life Member, he is a member of the Middle East Policy Council, Society of Petroleum Engineers, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and is a registered Professional Engineer in Texas.
Gerald is a native Houstonian and an Aldine High School graduate and has written books on his hobby….golf, and on political science. He credits his success and support to his wife, Sue, who has relentlessly accompanied him in all these adventures for the past 51 years, from time to time in the trenches to state dinners with royalty…along with his two now married daughters, Debra and Barbra, who likewise have shared this challenging and exciting engineering lifestyle.
The nation’s fuel prices stopped its small downward trend at the end of June, and have begun to rise. The average price for regular gasoline increased three cents per gallon over the last week in June, with the average California price statewide climbed to $ 4.132. Mid-grade fuel rose comparatively to $ 4.241, while premium edged upwards to $ 4.350. Retail diesel prices were $ 3.998 in Northern California, Central California prices were $ 3.983 and Southern California’s prices rose to $ 4.044.
The U.S. national average for self-serve regular gasoline remained at $ 3.704, the same rate as it was during the last week of June.
California Factoid: The state’s transportation system includes 33.5 million registered vehicles (cars, trucks, trailers and motorcycles), as well as 170,000 miles of local, state and federal government roads.
SOURCE: ENERGY ALMANAC, CALIFORNIA STATE GOVERNMENT-TRANSPORTATION DIVISION.