BP to upgrade US refinery, pay fine as a result of violations

24 May 2012 23:37  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--BP Products North America plans to upgrade its Whiting refinery in Indiana at a cost $400m (€320m) as well as pay $8m in civil fines as a result of air emissions violations at the facility, according to information made available on Thursday.

The agreement was made with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM), resolving the US government’s objections to the air permit for the Whiting Refinery modernization project, BP said in a press release.

The violations date back to 2001.

“We are pleased to have reached an agreement that protects jobs, consumers, and the environment,” said Steve Cornell, the president of BP Products North America.

“This multi-billion dollar modernisation project is the largest private-sector investment in Indiana history and ensures the Whiting Refinery will continue to provide fuel and jobs for the region for decades to come. In fact, we will be employing 10,000 BP and contractor staff on site this year.”

BP plans to install a system to reduce flaring of refinery gas as well as additional controls and practices to lower emissions from process equipment throughout the refinery. 

In addition, BP said it will implement a refinery fence line monitoring system to provide air quality information to the local community.

($1 = €0.80)

By: Bobbie Clark
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