October 22, 2011 at 11:09 pm #2085
McPherson refinery to build new $555M facility
Aug. 2015 is targeted completion date; no new jobs to be created.
By John Green – The Hutchinson News – firstname.lastname@example.org
McPHERSON 10/22/11 The National Cooperative Refinery Association at McPherson announced its largest building project at the refinery in history is now under design. Plans are for a new $555 million Delayed Coking Unit to be built starting in 2013. The two-year construction project will employ up to 400 people at its height, according to a company news release. The new Coker will replace one that has been in operation at the refinery since 1952.Beyond construction jobs, the new unit will not add jobs or increase production at the refinery, though it will allow the refinery to use a greater variety of crude oils, NCRA President Jim Loving stated in a news release.
The timing is right for NCRA to build a new Coker, Loving stated. This is the largest project in NCRAs history with a targeted completion in August 2015.
The purpose of a Coker is to squeeze more liquid products gasoline and diesel out of the heaviest portion of the crude oil barrel. It will leave a solid black substance called petroleum coke. The new Coker will change the look of the refinery skyline, officials said, with additional towers and piping, much like other projects have in the past.
The project is currently in the engineering and procurement stage, focused on designing the specific equipment needed, according to Rick Leicht, NCRA vice president of refining. Equipment of the right size and metallurgy isnt available off the shelf, he said.
Mustang Engineers & Constructors in Houston is doing most of the engineering. Wink Engineering is also doing the site/connection design in Baton Rouge, La. Close to 350,000 engineering man-hours will be required for the project, including NCRAs in-house engineering, officials said.
Our people are very much involved, said Leicht, in the decision-making, the approval and making sure that it all fits into the existing refinery.
Part of the engineering effort is to create a model of the unit with 3D modeling software that allows the user to rotate and walk through while examining details prior to construction. Design engineers and NCRAs staff working together will conduct multiple 3D Model Reviews.
Construction is scheduled to begin in January 2013, involving welders, pipe fitters, laborers, carpenters and others, according to the release from Hope VonBorkenhagen, vice president of human resources at the refinery. It is expected that the construction workforce will start with about 200 people, growing to some 400 workers before tapering off near completion in 2015.
Both local and outside sources will make up the workforce, VonBorkenhagen stated.
The refinery will continue to operate as the construction is going on and as contractor ties the new Coker into the system, VonBorkenhagen said.
Officials declined to discuss how the project will be financed.
NCRA is an inter-regional cooperative engaged in crude oil acquisition, transportation, refining and product distribution. Organized in 1943 by regional farm supply cooperatives, its members buy products made at the 85,000 barrel-per-day refinery and distribute them throughout the north-central U.S.
October 22, 2011 at 11:11 pm #4867
Here is update on 85 MBD Kansas NCRA McPherson Refinery Coker expansion NCRA had put the coker project on hold in 2008. The McPherson Refinery is replacing existing 1952 / 20MBD / 3 drum coking unit making 867 dstpd petcoke. NCRA had debottlenecked coker in 2006 from 650 dstpd by adding coker charge tank & handling terminal that allowed increase rates starting March 2007 by decreasing drum cycle time from 24hour to 18 hours. The debottlenecking project was also part of NCRA $315MM Clean Fuels Project that completed at end 2006. NCRA also began handle more Canadian Bitumen Crude.
The $555M facility now expects construction start in 2013 (2012 previously) and completes 2015 an expanded 30MBD 4 drum unit. (NCRA is 75% owned by CHS that also owns CHS Laurel Montana Coking Refinery.) Mustang Engineering seems be doing EPC project work article doesnt state if Bechtel-COP technology is still doing coker technology.
<See Prior Coking.com Post NCRA McPherson project 11/08/2008 & 12/09/2007 >
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