New Shallow Water Refinery Operating
Will Be Processing Scott County Crude
Oil At Rate of 1,500 Barrels Daily
Within Few Hours — Another Well To
Be Completed Soon
The new 1,500-barrel skimming and vacuum unit of the Shallow Water Refining company, in the south Scott county oil field, began refining operations late today and, according to officials of the company, it will be operating at full capacity by tomorrow. The plan has been under construction for the past several months.
Supplied by the Atlantic Oil Producing company's three Mississippi limestone producing wells, the plant will process 1,500 barrels of crude a day. The principal products will be road oil and diesel and domestic fuel oil, but gasoline, kerosene, tractor fuels and blown asphalt also will be extracted.
The plant has 20,000 barrels of oil in reserve storage at the refinery site and before this supply is exhausted, the Atlantic company hopes to have a fourth producer, the No. 1 Pile well, now drilling below 4,300 feet, to supply the refinery. Additional offsets are to be drilled this summer.
The Shallow Water refinery, farthest west in Kansas, is 25 miles north of here. It has contracted for all the Atlantic company's production in the Scott county area and the plant will be enlarged as the pool is extended, according to D. M. Dryden, formerly of McPherson, who promoted the plant and superintended its construction. Dryden is secretary of the corporation which owns the skimming and vacuum plant, while Morton Brown of Kansas City is president and J. B. Allson of McPherson is secretary. Dryden will live in Scott City and be in charge of the sale of the plant's products.
A Ready Market Assured
"Already, a dependable market has been found for most of the products," Dryden told the Daily Telegram in a telephone conversation from the refinery this morning. "We anticipate no trouble in selling the capacity output," Dryden said.
Of the total output, 43 per cent will be high grade road oil and 38 per cent will be diesel and domestic fuel oils. It is expected by company officials that both of these products will find a ready market, because both are used extensively in this area and there is no other supply available in the western part of the state.
The refining plant will employ from 20 to 25 men, according to Cash Brisby, superintendent. The men will work in three shifts, but most of them will be employed in the daytime. The night shifts will consist of only three men each, he explained. Brisby recently returned to this country from Germany where he has superintended the opening of several new refineries. In this country, he has been employed by the Winkler-Koch company and the Globe Refining company of McPherson.
Harry Caplan, formerly of Kansas City, is chief chemist at the skimming and vacuum plant. C. B. Jenkins, construction superintendent, soon will leave the plant, turning its operation to Brisby and Kaplan, it was said today.
Steam pressure has been up in the boilers at the plant for the past few days and full operation was expected late today. Natural gas is used to heat the boilers and provide power for the various units.