The largest turnaround in nearly 40 years at the BP Husky refinery was a success thanks to skills and collaboration by the members of the Northwest Ohio Building and Construction Trades.
More than 4,000 journeymen spent two months making key repairs, equipment upgrades and important safety updates to the refinery, located in Oregon, Ohio. Overall, the renovations and equipment upgrades included changing out catalysts, tying in new processing units and installing new metallurgy to help the site process more lower-cost crude oil from Canada.
A joint venture between BP and Husky Energy, the refinery provides the Midwest with gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, propane and asphalt. According to BP’s website, it can process up to 160,000 barrels of crude oil each day.
Every day the plant is not refining crude oil, it loses tens of thousands of dollars, which is why an emphasis is placed on completing the turnaround work quickly, but correctly and most importantly, safely.
It is for that reason that the refinery owners trust the skilled and highly-qualified union members of the Northwest Ohio Building Trades. These tradesmen and tradeswomen are the region’s only highly trained construction workforce capable of performing this work safely and under the required timeline.
Work performed incorrectly not only puts the health and well-being of the refinery’s workers at risk, but could cause significant damage to the refinery equipment, surrounding community and the environment.
Thanks to members of the building trades, this project not only came in on time, but it enhanced the safety and efficiency of the refinery.
Turnarounds happen every three to five years at the BP Husky refinery and due to scope of this project, and a number of other large projects occurring at the same time, the Northwest Ohio Building and Construction Trade Council successfully avoided manpower issues by planning ahead.
A successful nationwide recruitment effort was implemented months in advance, bringing in tradesmen and tradeswomen just as skilled and qualified as NWOBT members from all over the country to northwest Ohio. The traveling construction workers provided the temporary assistance needed to ensure the work was completed on time.