For years, technology experts and engineers
have discussed the elements and operations that will define the
refinery of the future. The refining industry has made great
progress from the early days. However, old and older does not
directly correspond to being obsolete. The American Refining Group (ARG) Inc. still
operates the oldest continuously running US-based refinery at Bradford, Pennsylvania.
This 10,000-bpd refinery began operations in 1881, and it still
produces high-quality waxes, lubricant base oils, gasoline and
fuels, as well as a wide variety of specialty products. Much
has changed in the 130+ years since this ARG
refinery began, and it continues to upgrade Pennsylvania crude
into consumer products.