Cherry Point, Wash.
BP's Cherry Point Refinery has quietly provided a significant portion of US energy needs for more than 40 years. Now it's being positioned to meet the challenges of a diverse and rapidly changing energy market.
Since it started operations in 1971, Cherry Point has processed a large share of Alaska's North Slope crude oil. A refining workhorse, Cherry Point became one of BP's premier US assets following the merger with ARCO in 2000.
Situated on 3,300 acres and employing about 875 full-time employees, the facility processes more than 9 millions gallons of crude oil a day, primarily transportation fuels. It provides about 20 percent of the gasoline market in Washington and Oregon, the majority of jet fuel for Seattle, Portland and Vancouver, BC international airports, and is the largest West Coast supplier of jet fuel to the US military.
BP-Husky Refining LLC (i.e., the Toledo Refinery) occupies 585 acres just east of the city of Toledo, Ohio. Operating continuously since 1919, the facility has undergone numerous improvements and expansions to achieve its current nameplate capacity for processing 160,000 barrels of crude oil daily.
BP and Husky Energy finalized the formation of two 50/50 joint ventures in 2008. One joint venture will develop Husky's Sunrise oil sands field located in Alberta, Canada, while the other joint venture will operate and reposition the refinery located in Ohio. This gives the refinery access to a reliable source of North American crude oil, ensuring the facility's future for years to come.
Under the agreement, BP operates the refinery on behalf of the joint venture. Day-to-day operations are driven by about 650 BP employees and 500-700 contract workers. They work year-round to convert crude oil into almost six million gallons of product each day.
Most of the refinery's output is gasoline, including low-sulfur fuels that produce lower vehicle emissions. The refinery also produces diesel fuel, aviation fuel, propane, kerosene and asphalt.
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The BP Whiting Refinery is located on the southwestern shore of Lake Michigan and the Indiana Harbor Ship Canal in the communities of Whiting, East Chicago and Hammond, Ind. The Whiting Refinery is the largest refinery in the BP refining system, and the sixth largest refinery in the United States. Operations began in 1889, prior to the advent of the automobile.
Today, BP is investing several billion dollars in northwest Indiana to modernize the Whiting Refinery to enable it to process heavier crudes. The modernization is essential to the long-term viability of the refinery, and includes well over a billion dollars in environmental improvements.
The BP Whiting Refinery employs thousands of full-time employees and contractors. The Whiting Refinery Modernization Project is employing thousands of additional contractors.
The modernization project will provide for greater energy security in the Midwest as conventional supplies of light oil are replaced by heavier crudes.
As we progress with the modernization project, the health, safety and security of our employees, and of those who come into contact with our operations and products, remains our highest priority. Our policy is that no job is worth doing, unless it is done safely, while protecting our shared natural environment.
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