Holly Refinery Takes the UCAIR Pledge
Voluntary Implementation of Controls Will Reduce Sulfur Emissions
HollyFrontier's Woods Cross Refinery recently accepted Governor Gary Herbert's UCAIR challenge, pledging to go beyond the requirements of its permit by utilizing additional control technologies in its modernization project.
"Clean air is good for Utah, good for the economy, and good for our quality of life," proclaimed Governor Herbert. "We applaud Holly for going the extra mile to improve air quality in our state."
Holly proposes to treat the off gas released by the Sulfur Recovery Unit Tail Gas Unit by routing it through a new Wet Gas Scrubber. This additional treatment will reduce sulfur dioxide (SO 2) emissions by 90 percent or more, resulting in an emissions decrease of approximately 150 tons per year.
The refinery plans to increase its refining capacity from the current level of 31,000 barrels per day (bpd) to 60,000 bpd. Approximately 14,000 bpd of that increase will come from black and yellow waxy crudes originating in the Uintah Basin.
"We challenged our employees and consultants to come up with innovative ways to reduce our emissions as part of our refinery's modernization process," explained Lynn Keddington, Holly's Woods Cross Refinery Manager. "UCAIR is all about doing people doing their part to clean the air. We felt that as good corporate citizens, we needed to do our part too."
Division of Air Quality Director Bryce Bird commends Holly Refinery for its efforts to reduce emissions.
"When a company like HollyFrontier looks at its processes and finds innovative ways to cut emissions, everybody wins. We encourage other companies to follow Holly's example of going above and beyond to improve Utah's air quality."