Industrial gas partnership enables upgrade at BP refinery

In a rare type of partnering, BP and the BOC Group jointly invested in a major upgrade of BP's Bulwer Island refinery in Queensland, Australia.The development of a refinery project's commercial and technology content with an industrial gas provider facilitated synergies, resulting in an estimated net annual benefit of several million dollars under typical market conditions. Project economics do not rely on government subsidies or special incentives.The purpose of the Queensland Clean Fuels Project (QCFP), completed in October 2000, was to produce cleaner fuels and minimize emissions.It has resulted in a ten-fold reduction in the refinery pool gasoline sulfur content and a hundred-...

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