BP announced today that it is to reinstate the fluidised catalytic cracking unit (FCCU) at its Grangemouth, Scotland refinery at a cost of (£26 million.
The FCCU, more commonly referred to as a cat cracker, has been shut down since June 2000, following the outbreak of a fire. Work is now getting under way to prepare the unit for a resumption of operations in March 2004.
The project is said to be one of the largest taking place in any BP refinery across the world this year.
The cat cracker, located within the refinery, takes low value waxy material from the crude oil stream and, using a catalyst, converts it into a range of high grade motor gasoline components which are separated by distillation.
The $41 million reinstatement project will return the cat cracker to operation at throughput levels of 19,000 barrels per day but with greatly improved reliability. It will also provide enhanced full clean fuels capability, boosting Grangemouth’s position as one of Europe’s leading producers of environmentally friendly fuels.
Work on the reinstatement project has already started and, during the construction phase, will create 200 temporary jobs at peak. Engineering and construction contracts will be awarded in the coming weeks.