September 2015

Special Report: Refining Developments

Implement best practices in enterprise-wide operations management

Several lessons learned were identified during the refinery project implementations.

Wilson, D., Flint Hills Resources, L.P.

Flint Hills Resources (FHR) is an independent refining, chemicals and grain processing company based in Wichita, Kansas. The company operates 14 sites ranging from 300-Mbpd refineries to 100-MMgpy ethanol plants. The refineries are located in Texas and Minnesota; the chemical plants are located in Texas and Illinois; and the ethanol plants are located in Iowa, Nebraska and Georgia. Excellence in operations management is a common thread that runs through all of the sites. Despite differing products, industries and plant sizes, FHR facilities are basically continuous manufacturing operations. Recognizing that fact, the same set of operations management best practices can be applied at each si

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