We believe that technology can play an increasingly effective role in reducing safety risks, and we continue to extend its use in this context across our refining operations. Key actions included the continuing use of drones and robotic technologies for inspections, removing the need for people to face the risks involved in carrying out inspections.
Our two refineries continue to provide the US with the energy that it needs safely, reliably and efficiently.
Located near Bellingham, Washington, bp’s Cherry Point is the largest refinery in the Pacific Northwest. It was the first northwest refinery capable of co-processing renewable diesel made from biomass-based feedstocks. This fuel is chemically identical to petroleum diesel, but has a lower carbon footprint.
Cherry Point processes approximately 250,000 barrels of crude oil per day. It is the largest supplier of jet fuel to the Seattle, Portland and Vancouver (BC) international airports, and is also a significant supplier of anode-grade calcined coke.
In 2021, bp announced plans for a $269 million investment in three projects at Cherry Point aimed at improving the refinery’s efficiency, reducing its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and increasing its renewable diesel production capability.
About 17 miles southeast of downtown Chicago, in northwest Indiana, stands bp’s Whiting refinery.
It is the largest in the Midwest and bp’s largest anywhere in the world – making enormous contributions to the region’s transportation network. Able to process around 440,000 barrels of crude oil every day, Whiting produces a wide range of liquid fuels, along with 7% of all asphalt in the United States.
In October 2022, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb visited the Whiting refinery for a ceremonial signing of the state’s first-ever carbon sequestration bill – a key step for future carbon capture and storage investments.