April 9, 2011 at 10:50 am #2311
BP Plans Spring Turnaround At Cherry Point Refinery Units
By Ben Lefebvre Published April 07, 2011 | Dow Jones Newswires
HOUSTON – BP PLC plans to put various units of its Cherry Point refinery in Washington state under turnaround for more than a month, according to filing with a government agency.
In a letter to the Northwest Clean Air Agency in Washington state, BP said it scheduled turnarounds for the refinery’s crude/vacuum unit, coker unit, hydrocracker and isomerization unit for the spring. A specific time schedule was not included in the letter.
The maintenance is expected to last from April 8 to May 29, traders said. A BP spokesman was not immediately available for comment.
Cherry Point processes about 230,000 barrels of oil a day, mainly from the Alaskan North Slope, Middle East and West African sources, according to BP’s Web page. The refinery produces 3.5 million gallons of gasoline and 2.5 million gallons of jet fuel a day, according to BP.
May 25, 2011 at 2:44 pm #5071
BP restarts Cherry Point CDU, coker, reformer-agency
* Refinery units shut since April 11 for work
HOUSTON, May 24, 2011 (Reuters) – BP Plc was restarting a crude distillation unit, coking unit and reformer at the 225,000 barrel per day (bpd) Cherry Point refinery in Ferndale, Washington, on Tuesday, according to a notice filed with Washington state’s Northwest Clean Air Agency.
Most of the refinery’s units have been shut for a planned overhaul that began on April 11 to prepare the plant for the summer driving season.
A BP spokesman declined to discuss operations at the Cherry Point refinery. West Coast refineries usually perform planned maintenance in the spring to prepare for the high deamnd in the summer. A crude distillation unit does the initial refining of crude oil coming into a refinery.
A coker unit increases the amount of refinable material taken from a barrel of crude oil. It also converts the unrefinable residue of a barrel of crude into petroleum coke, a coal substitute. A reformer converts naphthas into octane-boosting components in gasoline.
(Reporting by Erwin Seba; Editing by Gary Hill)
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