A new project in the works by BP Cherry Point refinery could bring as many as 600 jobs during the next two years and as many as 12 additional permanent full-time jobs once the project is completed.
The project involves construction of a new diesel/ hydrogen unit that will produce cleaner-burning diesel for cars, boats and off-road vehicles.
The new facility will not increase the refinery’s capacity but is needed to produce ultra-low sulfur diesel in time for tightened air quality regulations scheduled for 2012. It will also allow the refinery to reduce the amount of benzene in gasoline, said BP Cherry Point governmental affairs spokesperson Michael Abendhoff.
BP’s Cherry Point refinery produces between 2 million and 2.5 million gallons of diesel per day.
Abendhoff said he estimates the project will employ an average 500 to 600 people on a daily basis during the two-year construction period.
He added he expects an additional 10 to 12 full-time jobs to run the processing unit when it is completed. The new facility is slated for construction on four acres of pre-existing refinery property. “It’s already paved refinery property, we’re not going to clear any trees to build this,” he said.
Construction is scheduled to begin by the end of the year and should be completed by the beginning of 2012.
“We hope by the end of this year, we’re going to be moving some dirt, but the bulk of the construction will start in 2011,” Abendhoff said.