June 11, 2013 at 12:47 pm #1636
BP said the completion of the modernization project at its Whiting refinery in Indiana remains on track for the end of June.
The project, which required the shutdown in November of Pipestill 12, the refinery’s largest of three crude units, will enable the refinery to process up to about 85% heavy crude, compared to 20% before completion, by reconfiguring the crude unit and starting up a new delayed coker unit to replace an old one.
It is now the second-largest delayed coker in the world, at about 102,000 bpd.
A person familiar with refinery operations said the process of starting major, brand new grass roots equipment like BP Whiting’s is methodical and involves a lot of steps, including introducing oil, but that doesn’t mean streams will be coming off the tower in the next few days.
“A lot of testing has to be done and oil has to go in to check for leaks and other problems,” the person said.
The Whiting refinery has the capacity to process up to 413,000 bpd of oil, and producing up to 15 million gallons of refined products.
by ROSE MARTON-VITALE
HP/Dow Jones Newswires
June 11, 2013 at 3:09 pm #4456
The article is correcting that the project is on-track for end of June for completion and also that the process will be stepwise with lots of testing so that the plant meeting capacity might not reach full 413MBD till later.
The statement about Whiting now having worlds 2nd largest coker is completely wrong however. It would have to say Refinery coker to rule out all the larger Upgrader delayed cokers, and it would have to say US delayed coker to rule out several other regional cokers tied for 102MBD rate. Further it isn’t even 2nd largest coker in US with XOM Baton Rouge, Valero & Motiva Pt Arthur, CVX Pascagoula, and Lyondell site cokers are all larger. So it would have to say the 2nd largest US single coking unit ….even that isn’t necessarily true.
Understand Plant folks are always excited about new improvements especially when they are Best Available Tech & Size …….. but bragging rights still need bow to facts.
Should be enough that this 125yr old plant that had one first cokers (1929) ….. is still worldclass competitor in most respects, size is only minor guage of true Best in Class plant.
June 11, 2013 at 8:42 pm #4455
BP put out great PDF in Feb 2013 on project with all the same article info plus nice pictures of new 6 drum coker, new Crude Unit, Hydrotreater and Sulfur units. Link to PDF @
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