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COP Replace Coke Drums 2012

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Charles Randall
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Conoco To Replace Coke Drums In 2012
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By Kenneth Wong
Story Published: Oct 20, 2011 at 10:48 PM MDT

BILLINGS – Oil company ConocoPhillips will begin replacing the Coke Drums at its Billings refinery in Spring 2012.

The decision was announced at the Big Sky Economic Development luncheon Thursday afternoon by Rex Bennet, ConocoPhillip’s President of Strategy, Integration and Specialty Business.

The new coke drums were transported in two separate megaloads throughout 2011, and Bennet described its transport to Billings as an “oddysey“, with lawsuits, protests, and extreme weather and road conditions making the transport a difficult task.

The new coke drums will replace the existing coke drums at ConocoPhillip’s Billings refinery, which was built in the early 1990s with an expected 19-year lifespan. Bennet said the new coke drums should have a 30-year lifespan.

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