BP Restarts Coker Units at Ohio and Indiana Refineries After Repair
By Robert Tuttle
Nov. 17, 2008 (Bloomberg) — BP Plc, Europe’s second-largest oil
company by market value, restored units to operation at
refineries in Ohio and Indiana after maintenance was completed, a
person familiar with the plants’ operations said. A crude unit, coker unit and alkylation unit resumed
operation at BP’s Toledo, Ohio, plant last week after being shut
in September, said the person, who declined to be named. A coker
unit resumed operation last weekend at the company’s Whiting,
Indiana, refinery, the person said.
The two plants, BP’s only refineries in the U.S. Midwest,
have a combined capacity to process 580,000 barrels of oil a day,
U.S. Energy Department data show.
The restarts happen as the price of conventional gasoline
has been weakening in the Midwest market. The fuel traded at a 1
cent discount to New York Mercantile Exchange futures on Nov. 14,
according to data compiled by Bloomberg.