By ROSE MARTON-VITALE
BP has completed the construction of two new units and the retrofitting of existing hydrocracker heaters at its Cherry Point refinery in Blaine, Washington, which allow the plant to meet stricter air quality regulations.
The 'Clean Diesel Project,' under way since May, 2011, was completed in April at a cost of $85 million.
The new construction enables the refinery to produce ultra-low-sulfur diesel fuel that meets or exceeds all federally mandated on-road diesel specifications, but didn't increase the plant's daily output of 2.2 million gallons.
An April 26 filing to the Northwest Clean Air Agency, made available this weekend said the new hydrogen production unit and new diesel hydrodesulfurization unit, or DHDS, began the start-up process in early April and that by April 17 the DHDS began producing final product.
The Cherry Point refinery, the third-largest refinery on the West Coast, is able to process up to 230,000 bpd of crude oil.
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