Since 2016, the BP-Husky Toledo Refinery has completed  its largest maintenance turnaround in 40 years, along with  the largest facility building project in its entire history. Both  have helped the refinery improve safety and become more  efficient in its use of energy. 

The turnaround project took place in the summer of 2016,  when Toledo brought in an additional 3,000 contractors to  work alongside its regular personnel. The renovations and  equipment upgrades included changing out catalysts, tying  in new processing units and installing new metallurgy to  help the site process greater volumes of lower-cost crude oil  from Canada.  

More recently, Toledo replaced its Refinery Excellence  Center with a new, more energy-efficient building that  features a higher concentration of LED lighting technology  and a state-of-the-art maintenance facility. Covering  90,000 square feet, the new building houses roughly 200  employees. To construct the maintenance facility, BP relied  on local, Toledo-area craftsmen. 

“The new Refinery Excellence Center demonstrates both our  commitment to safety and our commitment to using energy  as efficiently as possible,” says Refinery Manager Des Gillen.  “It was the biggest project of its kind in our history, and we’re  already seeing positive results.” 

Some of Toledo’s other energy efficiency initiatives  include changing light fixtures to consume less power and  enhancing operational controls to make better use of steam. 
Located in the city of Oregon, Ohio — just east of Toledo  proper — the refinery can process up to 160,000 barrels of  crude oil each day. BP operates it as part of a joint venture  with Husky Energy, providing the Midwest with gasoline,  diesel, jet fuel, propane and asphalt. 

The refinery can produce enough gasoline each day for an  average car to drive back and forth from Toledo to Miami  more than 30,000 times. Meanwhile, it can produce enough  jet fuel each day for an airplane to fly round-trip from Toledo  to Miami 100 times. 

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.”  BP has shared this technology with local firefighters, police  officers, rescue personnel and others.  

In 2017, the Toledo Refinery opened a new, interactive  hazard recognition training facility that can reproduce actual  workplace scenarios and help workers learn how to identify  potential problems.  

“We believe in fostering a people-based safety culture,”  says Gillen. “We want our leaders and employees to  work together as a cohesive unit, with everyone speaking  up, sharing information and providing feedback to each  other. The success of our refinery depends on our safety  culture, and our safety culture depends on engaging and  empowering our people.” 

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, BP has donated more than $300,000 to UT over  the past five years to support engineering and business  education programs for women and minorities.
* BP jobs figures as of June 30, 2016.

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