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Indiana is home to a wide variety of bp’s businesses, including the Whiting refinery, biogas, wind and solar projects. bp’s Whiting refinery is able to process around 440,000 barrels of crude oil every day.
Indiana fast facts

Fast facts

  • Along with a range of liquid fuels, Whiting refinery produces about 7% of all asphalt in the United States.
  • In November 2023, bp upgraded Fowler Ridge 1 wind farm with 40 new Vestas turbines, boosting energy production by 40%.
  • Archaea Modular Design allows RNG plants to be built using “off-the-shelf” modular components that reduce build time.


Our Whiting refinery is the largest in the Midwest and bp’s largest anywhere in the world. Every day, the refinery produces around 10 million gallons of gasoline, 4 million gallons of diesel and 2 million gallons of jet fuel, as well as 7% of all asphalt in the United States.

Turning trash into renewable natural gas


In October 2023, bp-owned Archaea Energy brought online a first-of-its-kind Archaea Modular Design renewable natural gas (RNG) or “biogas” plant in Medora. The plant converts landfill gas into renewable natural gas, reducing emissions, improving air quality and providing fuel for potential use in homes, businesses and transportation.

 

The Medora deployment is an industry first – and it streamlines and speeds build times for future RNG plants. The Medora plant can process 3,200 cubic feet of landfill gas per minute (scfm) into RNG – enough to heat more than 13,000 homes annually, according to the EPA’s Landfill Gas Energy Benefits Calculator. The emissions avoided are expected to be about 35,382 metric tons of carbon dioxide, and 279 metric tons of methane. The plant employs four full-time employees and spent $13M with local construction costs.

Increasing renewable energy


bp operates three Fowler Ridge wind farms in northwest Indiana, which collectively have 355 turbines generating enough power to support about 191,000 Indiana homes.

 

In November 2023 bp completed a major technology upgrade at its Fowler Ridge 1 wind farm that allows the site to produce more power more efficiently and with greater reliability. The 40 new Vestas turbines are expected to produce up to 40% more energy and are estimated to generate an average of 314,000 megawatt-hours each year, enough renewable electricity to potentially power around 27,000 homes.

 

In late 2022, Lightsource bp completed construction on the Bellflower Solar project, located about 40 miles east of Indianapolis in Spiceland Township. Bellflower will have an output power capacity of 173 megawatts – enough clean energy to power the equivalent of 26,800 local homes per year.

 

More than 350 people worked on-site during peak construction to build the facility. The solar farm is participating in a US Department of Energy-funded research study which will measure the ecological benefits of pollinator habitats at utility-scale solar sites. Land under and around the solar panels is also being kept in agricultural production.

 

Located about 10 miles west of South Bend, the Honeysuckle Solar project under construction is creating approximately 200 direct construction jobs in addition to hundreds of US jobs across the supply chain. More than 75% of the direct construction force is local labor.

In the community


Since opening its gates in 1889 as part of John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil Company, Whiting has been a key anchor of the northwest Indiana economy, as well as the surrounding community.

 

Over the years, Whiting and its employees have supported a diverse range of local and regional institutions through its Indiana community investments. bp is focused on STEM education, conservation and support for community events, such as Pierogi Fest and Festival of the Lakes. One of bp’s STEM education initiatives is the Process Tech program offered through Ivy Tech Community College, which provides financial support and mentorship from employees to students exploring STEM careers. Since 2015, bp has been partnering with the Student Conservation Association(SCA), which inspires students aged 18-25 to pursue conservation through urban forestry projects that restore native habitats of trees and vegetation to revitalize Indiana communities.

*Vendor spend and number of contracted vendors as of 2022. bp employee figures as of December 31, 2022. Community spend includes bp foundation. Tax paid figures for the year ended December 31, 2021.

 

1Calculation based on the average amount of gasoline an American passenger car uses each day.