BP-Husky’s new unit improves efficiency and emissions
Officials from BP-Husky Refining last week cut the ribbon on the state-of-the-art naphtha reformer at its Oregon refinery.
Mark Dangler, president and refinery manager, stated in a company news release, “The Reformer 3 unit will significantly improve the plant’s efficiency and competitiveness. The increased energy efficiency of this unit will also reduce refinery air emissions by five percent, building on our track record of driving down criteria air emissions at the plant by 45 percent since 2000.
“The roughly $400 million reformer investment is the result of more than 1,500 skilled trades people working over the last two years to ensure a successful and safe completion of this significant new process unit.”
The project involved replacing two older catalytic reformers and a hydrogen plant with a single 42,000 barrels per day reformer. Catalytic reforming is an essential part of the oil refining process. Reformers use special reactors and catalyst to transform naphtha into high octane gasoline blend stocks. The latest technology for both reforming and catalyst regeneration was used for the project. The refinery will see a three percent increase in gasoline production.
“BP is committed to safe and reliable operations and this project is a prime example of that commitment,” stated Doug Sparkman, president of BP’s East of Rockies Fuels Value Chain. “Not only was the project delivered on-time, and on-budget, it was also completed safely, achieving a new safety milestone at the refinery. Meeting our commitments to safety, quality and performance positions the Toledo Refinery for future investments.”
The company announced earlier in the year it will begin construction in late 2013 or early 2014 on a $400 million project to enable it to refine its own sour crude from the Husky oil sands field in Alberta, Canada. More than 1,500 contractors will be on site during peak construction. The project should be completed in 2015.
BP-Husky refines about 160,000 barrels of crude oil daily into six million gallons of gasoline and diesel fuels, aviation fuels, propane, kerosene and asphalt. The company employs 600 and typically has 600 contractors on site.
In other news, the Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce recently awarded BP-Husky a Prism Award in the Community Partner category for achieving a new safety milestone and for its charitable contributions.
The refinery is closing in on 10 million hours without a lost time injury. It credits one practice in helping it achieve the milestone. Under that practice, Near-Miss Reporting, workers are encouraged to report an incident which could have, but did not, result in an injury accident. It has been more than two years since the last lost time injury.
The refinery also provides more than $600,000 each year in charitable contributions.
A.A. Boos & Sons won the Construction Safety Excellence Award in the Building Division at the 94th annual convention of the Associated General Contractors held recently in Palm Desert, California.
Thousands of submissions for the contest were analyzed and A.A. Boos was selected as one of three companies chosen to deliver a presentation to a panel of industry experts.
Scott Hayes, vice-president, and Larry Nearhood, safety director, accepted the award.
The Travel Centers of America recently opened three more Dunkin’ Donuts Express locations including one at the T-5 exit at I-80 and I-280. All three Dunkin’ Donuts Express locations are open 24 hours a day.
Dunkin' Donuts is one of the leading baked goods and coffee companies in the world, selling 1.5 billion cups of hot and iced coffee every year. Today, there are more than 10,000 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants worldwide.
Travel Centers has 243 locations off interstate highway exits and with Petro offer customers diesel and gasoline fueling services, more than 500 restaurants, 24-hour convenience stores, heavy truck maintenance services.
At the clubs
Christopher Gillcrist, executive director of the Great Lakes Historical Society, will speak to the public Thursday, March 21 about the National Museum of the Great Lakes expected to open in September at the Marina District in East Toledo.
Gillcrist will describe new exhibits and the process used to create them. He will also talk about the objectives for the museum and how it will be funded.
The museum will be located in the Toledo Marina building adjacent to the relocated S.S. Schoonmaker Museum ship.
There will exhibits on Great Lakes exploration, settlement, industry and shipwrecks.
The presentation will be held at Hope Church, 5650 Starr Ave. on the Starr Extension off Wynn Road in Oregon (behind the Oregon Rec Center). The East Toledo Club is sponsoring the talk which will begin at 12:30, following the club’s monthly luncheon. The public is invited. RSVP to Jodi Gross at 419-691-1429, ext 213.
The Oregon/Northwood Rotary will host its annual golf scramble Friday, June 21 at Chippewa Golf Club.
Sponsors and teams are sought for the Third Annual United Way Golf Invitational to be held Friday, May 3rd at Catawba Island Club. Contact MJ Siewert at 419-734-6645 or email
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