HollyFrontier lets contract for New Mexico refinery

HollyFrontier Corp., Dallas, through a contractor, has let a contract to Elliott Group, Jeannette, Pa., a subsidiary of Ebara Corp., Tokyo, to supply compression equipment as part of a project designed to enable cleaner fuel production at its 109,250-b/d (115,000-b/sd) Navajo refinery in Artesia, NM.

Elliott will build and deliver a hydrogen recycle unit that includes its proprietary 15MB7 vertical-split compressor, as well as motor and gear, which KP Engineering LP (KPE), Tyler, Tex., will use in its build of a 17,000-b/d gasoline hydrotreater at the refinery (OGJ Online, Oct. 8, 2015), Elliott said.

Scheduled for delivery during this year’s third quarter, the hydrogen recycle unit is an environmental initiative by HollyFrontier to help the Navajo refinery to produce fuels that meet the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Tier 3 emissions control requirements for motor fuels and vehicles, which take effect Jan. 1, 2017 (OGJ Online, Mar. 3, 2014), the service provider said.

A value of the contract was not disclosed.

Designed to reduce sulfur content of gasoline production at the refinery, the new hydrotreater is scheduled to be commissioned during first-quarter 2017.

This latest contract award at Navajo follows HollyFrontier’s early September announcement that it is targeting a capital investment program of $325 million during 2015-18 on opportunity projects designed to expand and modernize operations at its five US refining centers (OGJ Online, Sept. 8, 2015).

Contact Robert Brelsford at rbrelsford@ogjonline.com.

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