Flint Hills proposes $400m upgrade projects at Minnesota refinery

16 November 2012 19:07  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICI)--Flint Hills Resources plans to upgrade several units at its Pine Bend refinery in Minnesota to improve its crude oil processing capabilities, the company announced on Friday.

The projects at the Pine Bend refinery will improve its ability to convert crude oil into transportation fuel by replacing three less-efficient heaters with two new state-of-the-art heaters, upgrading an existing process heater and making improvements to the refinery’s cooling towers.  

The company said the new equipment and process improvements will allow the refinery to operate closer to its current design capacity of 320,000 bbl/day.  

The projects are estimated at approximately $400m, and are subject to regulatory review.

Flint Hills said it expects to begin construction in 2014 and it will last five years. The temporary contract workforce will increase by 500 over the duration of the projects.

The Pine Bend refinery provides transportation fuels in Minnesota and throughout the midwest.

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By: Anna Matherne

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