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Massive BP refinery expansion in Indiana delayed

GasBuddy Blog -- Not good news for motorists in the Great Lakes. BP has indicated that a massive multi-year expansion project will not be completed on time.

The sixth largest refinery in the country, according to BP, lies in Whiting, Indiana. The facility has been undergoing a multi-billion dollar expansion since 2008, and was tentatively scheduled to be online in early 2013. However, problems arose. According to Bloomberg, the refinery expansion may not be complete until the third quarter at earliest.

The project is significant in that it will allow the BP refinery to process significantly more Canadian crude oil than it currently does- rising from 80,000 barrels per day to nearly 350,000 barrels per day. Currently, Canadian crude oil...


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akitaone
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2013 10:11:29 PM

give BP da Boot
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2013 3:01:14 AM

wont use bp
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slicerette
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Message Posted: Mar 13, 2013 12:40:57 AM

a little more info from December 14, 2012
"A major $4 Billion expansion project at BP Whiting, Indiana refinery is 80% complete, spokesman Scott Dean said Friday. The project is on track to be completed in the second half of 2013, Mr. Dean said.

BP began work on the 337,000 barrel-a-day refinery in 2008 with the aim of increasing its capacity to process heavy Canadian crude. The project involves a new heavy crude unit, a larger coker and gas oil hydrotreater." Downstream Today.
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txrojo2005
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Message Posted: Mar 12, 2013 8:12:07 PM

Really?
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Message Posted: Mar 12, 2013 6:03:32 PM

On Mar 2, 2013 6:15:21 AM, honda0105 wrote:

>BP needs the money to pay the lawsuit.
>Oh, wait... they'll just charge more at the pump...

You REALLY think they can charge more at the pump? Then why don't they charge $5 a gallon? You wouldn't think these oil companies COMPETE with each other, do they?
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scams by thieves
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 9:48:56 PM

lots of government regulations slow down the process
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2013 10:26:11 PM

uggh !!
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Message Posted: Mar 9, 2013 8:33:44 AM

doesn't it snapper?
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 9:09:11 AM

Sounds suspiciously like gasoline and diesel going up in that area because someone had a headache.
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2013 5:56:43 AM

no Doc, but I was saying BP should be cautious with wasting money right now b/c the LA lawsuit could cost them up to four times as much as they may expect.
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Message Posted: Mar 4, 2013 2:10:02 PM

should this be a surprise
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Message Posted: Mar 4, 2013 12:40:00 PM

Right honda, which has nothing to do with this delay, unlike the lawsuit I am referring to.
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Mar 4, 2013 5:51:51 AM

and I am talking about the DWH lawsuit underway right now, DocV.
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Message Posted: Mar 3, 2013 3:13:43 PM

ok
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DoctorV
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Message Posted: Mar 3, 2013 7:58:50 AM

The lawsuit I referred to was filed in December.
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Message Posted: Mar 3, 2013 7:56:17 AM

thanks for posting the info, slicerette.
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Message Posted: Mar 2, 2013 11:14:49 PM

Here's an article from 2012 to help explain what happened:
Wed May 23, 2012 6:18pm EDT

(Reuters) - BP said it will spend $400 million to install pollution controls at its giant Whiting, Indiana refinery (next to Chicago), to allow it to process heavy crude oil from Canada, in a deal with EPA.

The consent decree reached with the U.S. Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency also requires BP to pay $8 million to resolve prior alleged clean-air violations at its 405,000-barrels-per-day plant, the sixth-largest U.S. refinery.

The deal, announced by the government and confirmed by BP, ends years of opposition that might have left BP unable to use $4 billion worth of new processing units being installed at Whiting Indiana that will allow it to run Canadian tar sands crude as early as 2013. BP has set plans to use Canadian crudes for more than 85 percent of the refinery's daily needs.

To boost profits, U.S. Midwest refiners are looking to retrofit plants to process plentiful supplies of Canadian heavy oil, which is cheaper but also has a higher content of pollutants that cause acid rain, smog and haze.
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Message Posted: Mar 2, 2013 7:15:21 AM

BP needs the money to pay the lawsuit. Oh, wait... they'll just charge more at the pump...
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Probably some tree huggers found a long-lost ant that is near distinction so they got some wacko judge to put a halt to things.
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Message Posted: Mar 1, 2013 8:23:27 AM

BP Whiting Oil Refinery is in its final construction stage,
over $4 billion has been spent.
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Message Posted: Mar 1, 2013 6:00:17 AM

BP should keep the dollars close at hand with the lawsuit in LA. May not have the money to build this, depending on the outcome.
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2013 6:20:31 PM

BP filed a lawsuit against its contractors for faulty fireproof coating on structural steel used in the plant. The start up of one of its fractionators has been delayed which has delayed the start of its new cokers.
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2013 1:51:13 PM

Delay was caused by EPA permit hold up.
BP wants refinery expansion to go thru because
1. BP has invested $4.4 billion dollars in Whiting Indiana Expansion
2. BP has over six years of planning and building in this.
3. It will have a higher profit margin when it refines cheaper heavy Canadian crude oil.

Please Note that Detroit gasoline prices have gone down since Marathon completed their expansion of the Detroit Oil Refinery in Nov. 2012.
DHOUP - Detroit Heavy Oil Update Project.

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slicerette
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2013 1:50:09 PM

Delay was caused by EPA permit hold up.
BP wants refinery expansion to go thru because
1. BP has invested $4.4 billion dollars in Whiting Indiana Expansion
2. BP has over six years of planning and building in this.
3. It will have a higher profit margin when it refiners cheaper heavy Canadian crude oil.

Please Note that Detroit gasoline prices have gone down since Marathon completed their expansion of the Detroit Oil Refinery in Nov. 2012.
DHOUP - Detroit Heavy Oil Update Project.

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The great lakes are getting hammered lately
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2013 7:22:05 AM

Just dragging their feet to keep prices up. What excuse will they use next.
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2013 10:13:39 PM

another excute to raised the gas prices...
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2013 8:12:05 PM

This is really bad news!! Yet another delay while we are paying close to or even more than 4 BUCKS PER GALLON!!!
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safety first.
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2013 6:08:15 PM

they want to wait until the 5 dollar driving spike this spring and summer are over,,, before they get it going,,,
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It figures.
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Get it finished!
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2013 3:26:18 PM

Bad news, but what is the cause of the delay? Funding? Regulations? How long will the delay be? More details were needed in this article.
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2013 3:13:58 PM

The cause of the delay is not given.
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2013 2:57:56 PM

Bad news.
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2013 2:36:21 PM

24 hours later and another 1000 posts from people pulling stuff out of their behind, and not a single one of them has ever worked construction in their life.

[Edited by: DoctorV at 2/27/2013 2:37:43 PM EST]
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24 hours later and another 1000 posts from people pulling stuff out of their behind, and not a single one of them has ever worked construction in their life.
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2013 2:34:45 PM


Better late than not at all.

I didn't read anything in the full article where it said the delay was due to regulations.

Why some people here like to SPECULATE and come up with their own crap is ludicrous.

And there will be those that will believe them that the regulations are the cause because they too are paranoid.

Of course it must be true because someone put it on the internet.

Just stick to the few facts that were in the article and quit making crap up.



[Edited by: caddilac at 2/27/2013 2:36:22 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2013 2:33:30 PM

BP is still solvent?
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Saw this last night.
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Git-er-done!
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2013 2:31:38 PM

What caused the delay?
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2013 2:30:39 PM

Yesterdays news.
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any extra refined products are better than what we have now!
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2013 2:27:32 PM


BP is afraid of potential losses due to lawsuits over their massive spill.
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Which means gas prices will rise 50 cents per gallon in the next 4 hours?!
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2013 2:26:28 PM

Regulations, and more regulations
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Old ews
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Bet the delays are due in part to REGULATION.
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Obamas buddies!
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