Cherry Point Refinery

BP’s Cherry Point Refinery is using innovative technology to  produce cleaner fuels and operate more efficiently. 

In 2018, it launched a renewable diesel unit that can co- process biomass-based feedstock alongside conventional  feedstocks to produce ultra-low-sulfur diesel.  
This investment will reduce the carbon footprint of Cherry  Point’s diesel while supporting compliance with federal and  state programs that require blending of renewable fuel. 

The renewable diesel project reflects Cherry Point’s broader  commitment to provide the energy people need while doing  its part to promote a lower-carbon economy. 
Located in Blaine, Washington, the refinery helps fuel cars,  trucks and airplanes throughout the Pacific Northwest,  and it also plays a significant role in the global aluminum  industry. 

When the facility first opened in 1971, it primarily refined  crude oil brought by tanker ships from the North Slope  of Alaska. Since then, Cherry Point has diversified its  capabilities, and today it accepts and refines crude oil from  around the world. 

It can process up to 236,000 barrels each day, roughly  90 percent of which emerges as transportation fuel. For  example, Cherry Point is the largest supplier of jet fuel to  Seattle, Portland and Vancouver (B.C.) international airports. 

The remaining 10 percent of its crude oil typically gets  converted into anode-grade calcined coke, which the  refinery sells to aluminum smelters worldwide. 

Over the past decade, BP has invested more than $1.5  billion in capital improvements at the refinery. Its proximity  to rail, shipping and pipeline infrastructure helps it move  products swiftly to market. 

Like all BP businesses, Cherry Point makes safety its highest  priority.  
In 2018, it marked an historic milestone, when its  employees and contractors — representing more than 80  local companies — surpassed 25 million hours and more  than five years worked without a single day away from  work case. 

“Safety is our first priority — on every job, every day,” says  Refinery Manager Bob Allendorfer. “Our values determine  how we work, and no value is more important than safety.  

We want all our people to go home at the end of their shift  in the same shape they came to work.” 

Surrounded by forest, wetland, stream, pond and shoreline  habitats, the refinery devotes considerable resources to help  preserve its natural environment.  

Employee initiatives include monitoring a colony of great  blue herons, documenting amphibians in protected  wetlands and conducting an inventory of native wild species. 
Cherry Point also partners with the Nooksack Salmon  Enhancement Association to restore salmon habitat  and teach water science to local schoolchildren, and it  helped underwrite the BP Heron Center for Environmental  Education at Birch Bay State Park.
 
In addition to its environmental work, the refinery supports  a diverse mix of community groups, with employees serving  as board members of organizations such as the United Way,  Boys & Girls Clubs of Whatcom County, the YMCA and the  American Red Cross.  

It also invests in the next generation of energy and  technology workers by supporting local schools and  education initiatives, ranging from Bellingham Technical  College to the Blaine High School Technology Student  Association. 

“Cherry Point is powered by our people, and we share a deep  commitment to the communities in which we operate,” says  Allendorfer. “We value being a good neighbor, as we have  for nearly 50 years.”

Contact Cherry Point Refinery

Tel: +1 360-371-1500