updated: 1/20/2010 12:58:25 PM
The BP Whiting Refinery may temporarily shutdown in the next few months for testing and an upgrade of equipment. Our partners at the Times of Northwest Indiana report refinery officials have filed a turnaround notice with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.
Source: Inside INdiana Business
A turnaround is a planned, periodic total or partial shutdown of a refinery process unit or plant to overhaul and repair operations and to inspect, test and replace materials and equipment.
United Steelworkers District 7 International Staff Representative
Bob Lofton is not aware of any specific plans for a turnaround, but says they are normal occurrences at the refinery.
Lofton adds, turnarounds don't necessairly mean layoffs because many employees are trained to complete certain projects.
Source: Times of Northwest Indiana