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.
“For 50 years, Cherry Point has safely produced energy products that move people forward and we’re excited to do this in an increasingly lower carbon way,” says refinery manager Eric Zimpfer.
In October 2021, bp announced it would invest almost $270 million to modernize the Cherry Point refinery. Through three projects — the Hydrocracker Improvement Project, the Cooling Water Infrastructure Project, and Renewable Diesel Optimization, the refinery will reduce its operational carbon dioxide emissions by 7%, double its capability to produce renewable energy, and create more than 300 jobs over the next three years.
Surrounded by mountains, forest, wetland and shoreline habitats, bp devotes considerable resources to help preserve the natural environment. For example, bp owns more than 2,500 acres of rural land at Cherry Point that is managed for a variety of uses, including ecological restoration, habitat preservation and enhancements.
bp also provided resources for the development of the bp Heron Center at Birch Bay State Park, supporting environmental education programming for more than 2,500 students, community members and park visitors each year.
In 2021, the Cherry Point refinery won the Marine Intertidal Project award from the Wildlife Habitat Council, which honors excellence in corporate conservation, for bp’s work in the surrounding habitat.
Cherry Point has been a cornerstone of the local community since it first opened in 1971. In addition to its environmental work, the refinery invests in the next generation of energy and technology workers by supporting local schools and education initiatives.
Through the bp STEM Ambassador program, Cherry Point employees perform hands-on STEM demonstrations for attendees of the Whatcom YMCA and the Lummi Nation Boys & Girls Club.