Saint Paul Refinery

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Summary Information Ownership: Flint Hills Resources Website: Location: Pine Bend, Saint Paul, Minnesota Capacity: 16.0 million tons/annum & 320,000 bbl/day Nelson Complexity: Refining Depth: Brief Description A large highly complex refinery that processes very heavy crudes Refining Units Atmospheric Distillation Vacuum Distillation - 196,000 Delayed Coker - 67,000 FCC - 86,500 Hydrocracker - 44,000 Catalytic Reforming - 37,500 + 13,800 Desulphurisation Naphtha - 52,500 Gasoline - 52,500 Kerosene - 41,500 Diesel - 60,000 Other - 7,000 Gasoil - 107,000 Terminal Capacity Crude Oil: Refined Products: Crude Supply The refinery is among the largest processors of heavy crude in the United States Crude is supplied via the Minnesota Oil Pipeline Products Produced gasoline, diesel, propane and butane, jet fuel, asphalt, heating fuels, and sulfur Ongoing Projects FHR has launched a project involve replacing three less-efficient heaters with two new state-of-the-art heaters, upgrading an existing process heater, and making improvements to the refinery’s cooling towers. Other Information - History 1955 - Refinery commissioned 1969 - Koch Industries purchased controlling interest of the refinery 2000 - Koch Industries settles a lawsuit brought by the EPA 2006 - The refinery completed a $350 million project to produce ultra low-sulfur diesel fuels and convert diesel fuel to gasoline - see Pine Bend Saint Paul Refinery Clean Fuels Project 2006 - Coker modernisation project started 2011 - The Coker Unit Modernization Project was completed 2012 - Efficiency project launched 2014 - Gasoline desulphurisation and CHP investment launched


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