Update 1 – ConocoPhillips begins Woodriver Refinery (& Coker) Expansion
NEW YORK, Sept 22, 2009 (Reuters) – ConocoPhillips will close down a crude distillation unit, hydrocracker and reformer at its 306,000 barrel-per-day joint venture Wood River refinery in Illinois for the start of expansion work to increase the amount of heavy Canadian crude oil the refinery can process.
The refinery is a joint venture between the U.S. refiner and Canada’s largest energy company, EnCana.
A 110,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) crude distillation unit, a 41,000 bpd hydrocracker and a 38,000 bpd reformer will be shut down in the expansion.
The expansion of the units is the first phase of a $1.9 billion project, which will increase the amount of Canadian crude the refinery can process.
During the second quarter of 2009, Encana and ConocoPhillips increased oil sands output from the Foster Creek and Christina Lake plays in Northern Alberta by 65 percent.
((Reporting by Janet McGurty; Editing by Lisa Shumaker) Keywords: REFINERY OPERATIONS/CONOCO WOODRIVER
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