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construction of BP Heron Center in Birch Bay State Park, $216K in 2012 to various BP CHERRY POINT REFINERY: other charity organizations (plus matching • Opened in 1971. funds up to $5K for employees). Benefits • Refinery manager: Stacey McDaniel, more than 160 organizations. chemical engineer (North Carolina State, plus MBA courses as University of Chicago) • Supplies 20% of gas at the pump in Washington and Oregon, and most of the • 773 employees, plus between 600-1,500 jet fuel for SeaTac, Portland, and Vancouver, contractors at any given time (another 357 report to HQ here from other locations in BP B.C., airports. • Each day, produces enough gasoline to fill West Coast operations). up 162 vehicles a minute, enough jet fuel • $120,270 avg. base salary (source: Washington Research Council, citing refinery for 1,000 round trips from Bellingham to New York City, enough diesel to drive a semi worker in the state). around the world 40 times, enough propane • $88.5M taxes paid, 2012 ($8.5M local), to keeping 140 BBQ grills burning 40 years, est. $109M, 2013 ($9M local) and enough butane to supply over 7 million • 3,300 acres. Largest in the state, 3rd lighters. largest on the West Coast. • Spent $750 million upgrading facility since • World’s largest supplier of calcined coke to aluminum industry, used in 1-of-every-6 2001 to produce ultra-low sulfur diesel, aluminum cans. gasoline, and jet fuel. • Clean Diesel Project reduced sulfur from • In 2012, spent $290M at more than 400 diesel fuel by 15 long tons a day, and Washington businesses. reduced sulfur dioxide emissions from • In 2012, employees donated $220,000 vehicles up to 12,200 tons a year. Largest to Whatcom County United Way, matched construction project in the plant’s history. by BP Foundation for total $440,000 • Crude by Rail Project of 1.7 mi. of donations. track created 20 new jobs, built by 300 • Other major contributions: $100K to employees. trauma center expansion PeaceHealth • Two new projects in 2013 provided jobs St. Joseph Med Center, $250K to rebuild for more than 1,200 contractors. Ferndale Boys & Girls Club, $100K

been for a number of years. We actively encourage our people to get involved locally in efforts by United Way just to make the community we live in more vibrant. Our plant manager, Stacy McDaniel, is on the board.

“So we’re responsible for about 10,000 jobs or so within the local area, just with this facility.” All of this (Cherry Point), power stations, heavy industrial zoned, it’s our intention that it should remain zoned as such. We’re not opposed to having a new industrial neighbor, because it’s the last deep-water access point available up here.

Clean Diesel Project I was refinery manager when we kicked that project off. Most of the rest of the world has moved that direction. Nonetheless, something unique about this refinery is how we make a lot of diesel. Many refineries are configured to turn most of the barrel of oil into gasoline. We turn a lot of the barrel into diesel, and a lot of the diesel we produce is extremely clean; the volume of clean diesel we produce is significant, comparatively. It’s in big process blocks. After we boil the crude oil into a diesel fraction, we then further process it —pass it over catalyst beds, inject hydrogen into it, removed sulfur and other impurities that’s naturally occurring in crude oil. That lets it burn cleaner.

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