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Chevron Richmond Refinery Renewal Project - Key Details

Some of you have asked for the basic information on the Chevron refinery project. Well, here it is, right from the Chevron website and the City of Richmond's website:

This is from Chevron:

Key Facts

Chevron is proposing to upgrade and replace equipment at the Richmond Refinery. The Energy and Hydrogen Renewal Project is part of our on-going commitment to reliable and efficient operations.

The project does not cost local government or local taxpayers any money. Chevron is responsible for the entire cost. In addition, the improvements are expected to create direct benefits to the City of Richmond and the surrounding community including:

Reducing overall emissions, making Richmond's air quality even better
Replacing existing equipment with new equipment that is more energy efficient and includes enhanced environmental controls
Generating millions in new tax revenues for Richmond that could be used to fund essential public services including public safety, street repairs, libraries and youth services
Creating more than 1,200 good-paying construction jobs–most are expected to be filled by union labor
Enabling the Refinery to become entirely energy self-sufficient and providing excess electricity for public use
Producing additional fuel that meets California's strict environmental standards
Improving operations without any change to the Refinery's overall production capacity
Chevron is working with the City of Richmond, Bay Area Air Quality Management District and the California Energy Commission to ensure the project meets or exceeds all state, regional and local regulatory requirements.

This is from the City of Richmond's website:

Chevron Energy and Hydrogen Renewal Project
Project Description

The proposed Energy and Hydrogen Renewal Project consists of a number of component projects, including Hydrogen Plant Replacement, Power Plant Replacement, Reformer Replacement, and Hydrogen Purity Improvements.

In general, the project would modify, replace and install typical refining equipment such as piping, heat exchangers, instrumentation, catalytic reactors, fractionation equipment, pumps, compressors, furnaces, tanks, hydrogen sulfide absorption capacity, hydrogen generation capacity and their associated facilities, including steam and electrical generation as well as some refinery buildings and infrastructure.

These changes would include construction and installation of new facilities as well as replacement of or modifications to existing facilities.

The project would not increase refinery use of crude oil beyond currently permitted levels, although process upgrades would allow the refinery to use a wider range of crude oils. Included in the project components are upgrades to increase energy efficiency, reduce air emissions, and increase equipment reliability.

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