BP Whiting, Indiana, refinery starts up new hydrotreater

FILE PHOTO: BP offices are seen in Houston, Texas, U.S., April 30, 2019. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

HOUSTON (Reuters) - BP Plc started up a new naphtha hydrotreater (NHT) this week at its 435,000 barrel-per-day Whiting, Indiana, refinery, said company spokeswoman Sarah Howell.

The 85,000-bpd NHT took three years and cost more than $300 million to build, Howell said.

“The NHT allows the refinery to produce the full slate of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Tier 3 fuels, which require gasoline to have an average sulfur content of no more than 10 parts per million,” she said.

Hydrotreaters use hydrogen to remove sulfur from motor fuels.

Reporting by Erwin Seba; Editing by Dan Grebler