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From 2008 to 2009, total US crude distillation capacity increased from roughly 17.6 million barrels per calendar day (BPCD) to 17.7 million BPCD, a 0.44% expansion in capacity over the previous year’s level, according to the annual National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA) Refining and Storage Capacity Report.

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Locations of US refineries. Source: NPRA. Click to enlarge.

As of January 1, 2009, there were 150 operable refineries in the United States, not including facilities in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. One new refinery began operation earlier this year (Northcut Refining in Wyoming with 3,000 BPCD), and one refinery was permanently shut down (Paramount Petroleum in Oregon, which was last operated in 2006).

Data in the report are compiled from information reported by the DOE Energy Information Administration in its 2009 Petroleum Supply Annual.

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