BP Considers Adding New Hydrotreater to Whiting Refinery, August 15, 2016

Just a few years removed from a $4.2 billion expansion project, and BP's Whiting Refinery is once again looking to make an upgrade.  According to management, the 413,500 bpd Indiana refinery is looking to build a new hydrotreater unit, which uses hydrogen to remove unwanted chemicals such as sulfur, nitrogen, oxygen and halides from gasoline. This upgrade would help the facility meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's mandate to ensure gasoline has less than 10 parts per million of sulfur.  “The industry is doing this across the board,” says Don Porter, Whiting Refinery Manager. “We’re hoping to get approval in the next year. Then it would take three or four years to get that built.


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