Kenai Refinery
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Summary Information

  • Ownership: Tesoro
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  • Location: Cook Inlet, 70 miles southwest of Anchorage, Alaska
  • Capacity: 3.6 million tons/annum & 72,000 bbl/day
  • Nelson Complexity:
  • Refining Depth:

Brief Description

  • A small medium complexity refinery, capable of producing low sulphur fuels

Refining Units

  • Atmospheric Distillation
  • Vacuum Distillation Unit - 26,000
  • Hydrocracker - 13,000
  • Catalytic Reformer - 14,200
  • Desulphurisation
    • Naphtha - 22,000
    • Diesel - 8,000
    • Gasoil - 22,000

Terminal Capacity

  • Crude Oil:
  • Refined Products:

Crude Supply

  • The Nikiski refinery processes approximately 19,000 barrels per day of Cook Inlet crude oil, up to 25,000 barrels per day of North Slope crude originating from the Alpine Field, with the remaining crude oil supply originating from foreign sources such as Indonesia, Africa and other foreign countries

Products Produced

  • The refinery produces low sulfur gasoline, jet fuel, ultra low sulfur diesel (USLD), heating oil, heavy fuel oils, propane and asphalt.
  • A 68-mile, 42,000 bpd common-carrier products pipeline transports jet fuel, gasoline and diesel to the Port of Anchorage and the Anchorage International Airport. Wholesale delivery occurs through terminals in Kenai, Anchorage, Tesoro’s Nikiski dock and the Port of Anchorage.

Ongoing Projects

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Other Information

  • The Kenai or Nikiski Refinery was the first to be opened in Alaska


  • 1969 - Refinery Commisioned with capacity of 17,000 bpd
  • 1976 - Tesoro constructs pipeline from Nikiski refinery to Anchorage airport and port
  • 1983 - The refinery expands capacity to 72,000 barrels per day
  • 2005 - ULSD project launched

Relevant Links

  1. Refinery Webpage
  2. Alaska Dept of Natural Resources 2009 Annual Report
  3. Possible impacts of Prudhoe Bay shut down on Alaska refinery output
  4. Tesoro's Kenai Refinery to Produce Cleaner Diesel for Alaska; Tesoro and Flint Hills Resources Alaska to Supply State with Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel
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