The BP-Husky Toledo Refinery, which BP operates as part of a joint venture with Husky Energy, provides the Midwest with gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, propane and asphalt. Located east of Toledo in the city of Oregon, Ohio, the refinery can process up to 160,000 barrels of crude oil each day.
During the summer of 2016, the refinery — which opened in 1919 — underwent its largest maintenance turnaround in 40 years. The renovations and equipment upgrades included changing out catalysts, tying in new processing units and installing new metallurgy to help the site process more lower-cost crude oil from Canada.
Not only did this project enhance the safety and efficiency of the refinery, but it also provided a boost to the local economy: Toledo brought in another 3,000 contractors to work alongside its regular personnel.
To train people for both the routine and the unexpected, the refinery uses advanced simulators, including high-fidelity equipment that replicates real operations and processes.
A separate training program enables workers to improve their footing and balance in winter weather or slippery conditions by practicing on a mechanical “slip simulator.” In 2015, more than 1,500 Toledo employees and contractors trained on the slip simulator, which helped the refinery achieve a 60 percent reduction in slip-, trip- and fall-related injuries, along with the lowest number of recordable injuries in its history. BP has shared this technology with local firefighters, police officers, rescue personnel and others.
“The safety of everyone who works at the site and lives in the surrounding community is our top priority,” says Refinery Manager Mark Dangler. “That’s why we place such emphasis on workforce training and on regular inspections and maintenance of our equipment.”
Beyond developing its current workforce, the Toledo Refinery also helps cultivate America’s workforce of the future. For example, it has partnered with the University of Toledo (UT) to sponsor a scholarship program that gives local high school students the opportunity to pursue a career in engineering. The students who are selected attend summer college-prep courses, and after successfully completing three years of classes they receive full scholarships to study engineering at UT.
In addition to its refining operations, BP markets natural gas, wholesale power and natural gas liquids in Ohio. BP’s marketing and trading business sells enough natural gas in Ohio to meet all of the state’s industrial and residential demand, and it sells enough wholesale electricity to power the cities of Columbus and Akron for a month. It also sells an annual average of 24 million gallons of propane — enough to heat more than 27,000 homes for a year — and 58 million gallons of other natural gas liquids, which can produce enough gasoline to power more than 118,000 cars for a year.