Whiting Refinery Project
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Summary Information

  • Ownership: BP
  • Website: http://www.bp.com/
  • Wiki Page: Whiting Refinery
  • Location: Whiting, Indiana, USA
  • Capacity: million tons/annum & bbl/day
  • Nelson Complexity:
  • Project Stage: Under Construction
  • Expected Completion: 2013
  • Budget: $3 billion

The Project

  • Project Type: A major upgrade to enable the refinery to use ultra heavy Canadian crude
  • Project Summary:
    • Environmental Improvements: the Modernization Project includes $1.4 billion in environmental improvements.
    • Gas Oil Hydrotreater: a modern hydrotreater will remove more sulfur and nitrogen from gas oil.
    • Sulfur Recovery Complex: the existing sulfur recovery capabilities are being enhanced to create a more efficient system that will remove more sulfur from our fuels product streams.
    • Petroleum Coker: a new state-of-the-art coker is being built to replace the existing one. The coker will enhance process safety through increased automation, increase coke and naphtha production.
    • Distillation Unit: the refinery’s largest crude distillation unit is being reconfigured to process heavier crudes, helping to replace some of the light sweet crude that is becoming more difficult to source.
  • Main Contractors
    • Jacobs: licensing, design, and fabrication of Sulfur Recovery Facilities.
    • Jacobs: The revamp of several hydroprocessing units
    • Praxair is supplying the hydrogen from a purpose made facility
    • Emerson: Process automation

Refining Units

  • Atmospheric Distillation
  • Petroleum Coker
  • Gas Oil Hydrotreater
  • Sulfur Recovery

Terminal Capacity

  • Crude Oil:
  • Refined Products:

Crude Supply

  • The refinery’s largest crude distillation unit is being reconfigured to process heavier crudes
  • These crudes will be largely sourced from Canada

Products Produced

  • The project will increase the refinery's ability to produce clean fuels

History

  • 2006 - Project launched
  • 2008 - After necessary permits were issued, BP began construction on the Whiting Refinery Modernization Project.
  • 2012 - BP Agrees to Add More Than $400 Million in Pollution Controls at Indiana Refinery and Pay $8 Million Clean Air Act Penalty
  • 2013 - New crude unit comes on stream
  • 2013 - All units have been successfully commissioned

Other Information

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Relevant Links

  1. BP Plans $3 Billion Project to Refine More Canadian Heavy Crude Oil in the U.S. Midwest
  2. Whiting Refinery Modernization Project, BP
  3. Jacobs Receives Sulfur Recovery and Hydrotreater Projects from BP
  4. Praxair Starts Up Large Hydrogen Facility in Indiana
  5. BP Agrees to Add More Than $400 Million in Pollution Controls at Indiana Refinery and Pay $8 Million Clean Air Act Penalty
  6. BP Starts up New Crude Unit at Whiting Refinery
  7. BP Completes Commissioning of Whiting Refinery Units
  8. Emerson's Automation Services and Technologies Help BP's Whiting Refinery Boost Heavy-Crude Capacity More Than Four-Fold

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