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Cherry Point Refinery

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

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% 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% 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. We value being a good neighbor, as we have for nearly 50 years.
Bob Allendorfer


Contact Cherry Point

Phone: +1 360 371 1500