December 20, 2010 at 1:50 am #2427
Hunt Refining Co. completes $905M expansion project
Staff report Published: Friday, December 17, 2010
TUSCALOOSA | Hunt Refining Co. has completed a $905 million project that expanded and upgraded its Tuscaloosa refinery. The company marked the completion with a private dedication ceremony Thursday.
The project started in 2006 and included construction and installation of three major new units: a $140 million continuous catalytic reformer, which produces gasoline; a $275 million hydrocracker, which produces diesel fuel and gasoline; and a $160 million expanded delayed coker, which allows the refinery to process more and different kinds of crude oils.
The expansion increases the refinery’s capacity to handle 72,000 barrels of crude oil per day and doubles the amount of gasoline and diesel fuel it is able to produce to 55,000 barrels per day.
‘We are excited to see the expansion project reach completion,’ Hunt Refining President Shanmuk Sharma said in a news release. ‘This allows Hunt to produce twice as much gasoline and diesel, and positions the company as a leading supplier in local and distant markets.’
Hunt Refining Co. started in Tuscaloosa in 1946, shortly after oilman H.L. Hunt discovered heavy, asphaltic crude oil near Gilbertown in Choctaw County. He built a small, 3,500-barrel per day asphalt refinery in Tuscaloosa to process the crude.
Today, Tuscaloosa-based Hunt Refining makes gasoline, jet fuel, diesel fuel and asphalt. The company owns and operates refineries in Alabama and Mississippi and owns and operates transportation and storage facilities in Mobile, western and eastern Mississippi and central New Jersey. It is an affiliate of Texas-based Hunt Consolidated Inc., which is a part of the Hunt family of companies.
December 20, 2010 at 1:51 am #5358
Here is update article on Hunt completing its refinery & coker expansion that I mentioned was not included OGJ Refinery Survey Dec 2010 (refinery expanded total charge now @ 65-72MBD & total coker charge @ 30-35MBD = added a 2nd 2 drum unit @ 15-16MBD coker charge).
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