Startup of one of largest investments in BP history enables major refinery to begin processing more heavy-sour Canadian crude
AUSTIN, TEXAS (February 10, 2014) - Emerson Process Management, a global business of Emerson (NYSE: EMR), has completed process automation for BP’s modernization of its refinery in Whiting, Indiana. As main automation contractor for the massive upgrade, Emerson provided technologies and services that helped enable the Chicago-area refinery to modernize its facility to process advantaged crude supplies.
“The Whiting project is one of the largest, most complex startups for which we’ve served as main automation contractor,” noted Steve Sonnenberg, president of Emerson Process Management. “We congratulate BP on its success and appreciate the opportunity to have helped make it happen.”
To facilitate commissioning and startup of BP’s new crude distillation unit, coking unit, gas oil hydrotreater, and sulfur complex units, Emerson drew on the resources of its engineering centers around the world. This global Emerson team -- with personnel from the U.S., India, Costa Rica, and the Philippines -- included more than 80 engineers, consultants, and technical specialists. A core team will support BP throughout 2014 as the refinery increases production of heavy-sour crude.