BP is investing some $130 million on new ultra low-sulfur diesel facilities at its Whiting, Indiana refinery.
The addition of a new Distillate Hydrotreater (DHT) will allow the refinery, the fourth largest in the US, to produce approximately 36,000 barrels per day of the ultra low-sulfur diesel product.
BP has already begun preliminary work on the project and expects to complete construction in mid-2006.
Under EPA rules, 80% of the BP Whiting refinery’s on-road diesel fuel must meet the new EPA specification by June 2006. By January 2010 all on-road diesel must contain no more than 15 ppm sulfur. Off-road diesel transitions to the 15 ppm specification in 2010, and locomotive and marine diesel follow in 2012.
Currently, the Whiting refinery produces approximately 81,000 barrels of diesel fuel (some 3.4 million gallons) per day, and only delivers limited quantities of ultra low-sulfur diesel fuel to the Chicago Transit Authority and a limited amount of other customers.