Two major units of the BP Whiting Refinery have been shut down for scheduled maintenance work. Our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana report production will be reduced for more than a week as a result.
The shutdown includes the refinery’s 290,000 barrel-per-day Crude Distillation Unit Pipestill 12 and a 110,000 barrel-per-day gasoline producing fluidic catalytic cracking unit, according to Reuters. A spokesperson for BP told The Times only that fall maintenance work has begun.
Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.com, tells the publication that the drop in production is not likely to cause an increase in gas prices, however it will prevent prices from dropping as much as they normally would this time of year.
The Times says the crude distillation unit that is being repaired is the largest of three at the refinery. The other two remain in operation along with another catalytic cracker unit. Earlier this month, BP PLC (NYSE: BP) approved the construction of a new hydrotreater at the refinery, which is expected to begin next year.