In Kansas, US, the National Cooperative Refinery Association is to invest $550 million (€442 million) to upgrade its McPherson-based refinery.
The upgrade will see the refinery’s coker unit, which has been in operation since the 1950s, replaced.
The purpose of this unit is to handle thick crude oil and process it into petrol and diesel oil.
NCRA is currently working on the project, with building work expected to commence at the beginning of 2013. The new unit will come online in 2015 and will need hundreds of contract workers on hand in order to complete it.
Some of the materials required for the update will be sourced from Kansas.
Today NCRA’s facility refines approximately 20,000 barrels a day of the sulphur-rich Canadian sour crude but the association is looking to ramp up this volume.