ConocoPhillips said on November 30, 2011 it has started up a $3.8-billion coker and refinery expansion project in Roxanna, Illinois that is part of a joint-venture with Calgary oil company Cenovus Energy Inc. The project increases the crude capacity of the Wood River Refinery by 50,000 barrels per day and enhances its ability to process heavy Canadian crude, Houston-based ConocoPhillips said in a statement.
The refinery in Roxana, Ill., and another in Borger, Texas, are part of a partnership with Cenovus, which also includes the Canadian firm’s Foster Creek and Christina Lake oilsands projects in northern Alberta.
The expansion also improves the refinery’s clean product yield by five per cent, which means a 50,000-barrel-per-day increase in gasoline and distillate production capacity.ConocoPhillips and Cenovus’ predecessor company, Encana Corp., signed their partnership in 2007. Cenovus was spun of from Encana in late 2009.
The new 59-65MBD coker has four 30ft drum with Bechtel-COP Technology. The new coker brings the plants expanded capacity to total 81-83MBD (the 59-65 MBD new Woodriver coker added to existing 3 drum Hartford 16MBD coker).