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News from Tesoro Corp.

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

Tesoro Corp., San Antonio, Texas, USA has been in the news recently for several different reasons. Here is a brief round up of their recent headlines.

Refinery futures
The company is currently evaluating the future of all seven of its refineries. Tesoro is suffering from low product demand and high crude prices, which is a situation familiar with many companies in the downstream industry. The main refinery under scrutiny at the moment is the Kapolei. Hawaii refinery.

The facility processes 93 500 bpd and is the state’s largest facility. Tesoro are currently discussing plans to turn the complex into a terminal for fuel dispensing. This follows a cut in throughput to 69 000 bpd implemented at the refinery in February this year.

Refinery maintenance
The Tesoro Mandan Refinery, North Dakota, will close from 16th April for a one month turnaround. Maintenance work will include upgrades and capital investments that the company performs every seven years. The work is estimated to cost US$ 80 million. The refinery will hire 1500 contractors to help its 240 employees to help inspect, clean, upgrade and repair equipment that has been in constant use since the last turnaround in 2003.

Refinery restarts
Over the weekend, units were restarted at the Anacortes, Washington refinery after a shutdown due to a steam boiler outage. Three steam boilers unexpectedly shutdown on Wednesday, and the problems have now been rectified. The plant processes 120 000 bpd.

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