The company said Monday the new crude processing unit at the Whiting refinery has started up.
BP expects to start up a new 105,000 barrel-per-day gasoil hydrotreater, a 102,000 barrel-per-day coker and other related units in the second half of 2013.
The overhaul, when completed, will allow the refinery to increase heavy, sour crude processing significantly. The start-up of the distillation unit has enhanced the facility’s ability to process light, sweet crude. BP is targeting $1 billion in future operating cash flow.
The Whiting refinery is BP’s largest in the U.S.