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BP WRMP Project


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BP WRMP Project

  1. 1. Whiting Refinery Modernization ProjectAbout the project  BP is investing several billion dollars to modernize its Whiting Refinery in Northwest Indiana. This is the biggest private sector investment ever in Indiana.  The Whiting Refinery Modernization Project (‘WRMP’) increases the refinery heavy oil processing capability by reconfiguring the largest of 3 crude distillation units and adding new coking capacity and associated processing units.  The modernized refinery will provide Whiting with the capability of processing up to about 85% heavy crude, versus about 20% today.  The WRMP will competitively re-position Whiting Refinery, with the goal of making it the premier refinery in North America.  The modernization is helping to sustain roughly 1850 jobs at the refinery.  The project is also contributing thousands of temporary contractor jobs to the community. Hundreds of contractor jobs will continue to be needed for routine maintenance work and ‘turnarounds’ – following the modernization.  The project is generating significant indirect benefits for local and other U.S. businesses, and is contributing significantly to the government tax base for the funding of schools, environmental protection, and many other essential government services.  The WRMP is the largest, most complex refining project undertaken in BP’s recent history. Almost every processing unit is being modified to some degree.  We are installing 380 miles of pipe, 1200 pieces of major equipment, 600 shop-fabricated modules, and 50,000 tons of steel.Status  BP management is pleased with the safe and steady progress being made on the WRMP. As of August 2012, the project is about 70% complete. All modules for the modernized refinery are now in place. Construction began in May of 2008 and peaks summer 2012 with more than 8,000 contractors onsite. (For context, the population of the City of Whiting, Indiana is about 5,000).  The modernized refinery is scheduled to come on-stream in the second half of 2013. 1
  2. 2. Whiting Refinery Modernization Project (Page 2 of 5)Main Components of the WRMPDistillation Unit (‘12 PipeStill’)BP Whiting Refinery is reconfiguring its largest crude distillation unit to processheavier crude. 2
  3. 3. Whiting Refinery Modernization Project (Page 3 of 5)Petroleum CokerBP Whiting Refinery is building a new state-of-the-art coker to replace the existingone. The new coker will enhance process safety through increased automation,increase petroleum coke production, and produce more naphtha.This is the 2nd largest delayed coker in the world – about 102,000 barrels per daythroughput. 3
  4. 4. Whiting Refinery Modernization Project (Page 4 of 5)Gas Oil Hydro TreaterThis modern world-scale hydrotreater will remove more sulfur and nitrogen from gasoil at BP Whiting Refinery. 4
  5. 5. Whiting Refinery Modernization Project (Page 5 of 5)Sulfur Recovery ComplexBP Whiting Refinery is enhancing its existing sulfur recovery capabilities to create amore efficient system that will remove more sulfur from our fuels product streams. 5