America’s First Environmentally-Friendly Oil Sands Plant Nears Completion in Asphalt Ridge, Utah.

MCW Energy Group (TSX-V: MCW and OTCQX- MCWEF), a Canadian-registered holding company has been recently reporting on the progress of its extraction unit fabrication and assembly during 2014 through a series of press releases noting the steps to completion of a unit that will produce oil from the area’s major oil sands deposits. The closed-loop technology will not require water and its unique proprietary technology features the use of benign solvents which remain in the system for reuse.

MCW Energy Group is now in the last phase of constructing and assembling its initial extraction plant on its lease in Asphalt Ridge, Utah. The crews are onsite installing the plant’s dryer system and the key pre-mixer/Agitator component of the unit are now completely installed. The welding for the conveyor system which will facilitate continuous flow of oil sands feedstock has begun, which includes the conveyor corridor. The system’s piping infrastructure is now being installed and MCW expects that the electric systems will be completely in place during the month of August, 2014. The Company anticipates that the unit testing procedures will commence at the end of August as well.

Previous Stages of Completion during 2014 Included These Phases:

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 Oil Sands Recovery, LLC

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.

MCW Fuels

[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.


Raymond G. Bailey Ph.D., P.E.

(BSChE ’63)

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 Good Old Days!

Gasoline prices in California continued their downward trend into the month of August with prices generally a few cents lower than the last week of July. The average price in California for regular gasoline decreased 4.3 cents per gallon from the previous week, with the statewide price average working out to $ 3.991 per gallon. Prices for mid-grade and premium gasoline were comparatively cheaper as well.

Prices for diesel fuel in Northern California were slightly lower than July at $ 4.047 per gallon. Central California averaged $ 4.014 per gallon, while Southern California averaged $ 4.060. The U.S. national average for self serve regular gasoline in early August is $ 3.539 per gallon, down 5.4 cents from the last week in July.

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.



MCW Energy Group is a publicly-traded Canadian holding company…. a corporate entity containing two companies….MCW Fuels [Formerly McWhirter Distributing Company], a petroleum products distribution company inaugurated in 1938, which has an extensive distribution network throughout the western United States. MCW's second entity is MCW Oil Sands Recovery, LLC, a Utah-based oil sands extraction technology operation with a unique, proprietary, environmentally-friendly technology. The Company also holds a major oil sands lease situated in the prolific Asphalt Ridge region of Utah, which contains a resource of over 50 million barrels of oil. (Source: USDOE)



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