Commonwealth Journal

Local News

October 8, 2013

Refinery announces $2.2 million expansion

Plant will produce propane and butane

Somerset —

With a promise of $60 million in upgrades during the next five years, Continental Refining Company (CRC) this week is announcing a $1.6 million to $2.2 million expansion of the former Somerset Refinery that includes a value-added liquid petroleum gas plant and a reactor to produce ultra-low sulfur on-road diesel. The expansion announcement was made yesterday to the Commonwealth Journal and will be made nationally today.
The new gas plant will reduce emissions and process crude-oil liquid petroleum (LPG) byproducts butane and propane. Up to 10,000 gallons of propane and butane can be converted daily, according to Missy Shorey, spokesperson for the refinery. 
The project expands existing infrastructure to capture, pressurize and store high margin, crude oil byproducts propane, butane, and natural gasoline – often referred to as NGL products or Y-Grade. These products, after further processing, are sold as fuel for residential, commercial, and industrial consumers at higher profit margins, a CRC news release said.
Thirty percent of the infrastructure is in place at CRC to process LPG crude oil byproducts. Working in a strategic partnership with Texas-based, Viewpoint Energy, LLC, the remaining 70 percent of mechanical equipment, including additional process piping and compressors, will be provided and installed. 
Construction will take three months after the design phase is complete. The project is expected to be finished next spring. Additional specialized work will be bid to local and regional professionals. 
CRC is expected to shortly take delivery of a newly constructed reactor designed to replace an existing reactor. This will enable the refinery to make ultra-low sulfur on-road diesel (ULSD). The reactor should be in place by late November and is expected to be operating by early December. 
“It is very rewarding to see our hard work and ongoing improvements make a substantial difference at Continental Refining Company and in the Somerset community,” said Demetrios Haseotes, CEO/president of CRC. For the first time in the (former Somerset Refinery’s) 80-plus year history, with the new gas plant, we will go beyond crude oil refining and increase capacity with LPG processing,” he noted.

Text Only
Local News
  • Mayor Girdler.jpg Bill puts freeze on occupational tax funds

    An addition to the late-passed Kentucky Transportation Cabinet budget contains an Easter egg of sorts that could have a substantial impact on Pulaski County — although Somerset’s mayor is downplaying it.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Brenzel and LCRH sign cmyk.jpg Brenzel steps down as LCRH CEO

    Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital (LCRH) has announced that CEO Mark Brenzel has decided to step down from the top leadership position.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • recycling.ht.jpg Science Hill elementary students promote recycling

    For one group of Science Hill Independent students, taking out the trash isn’t something they avoid.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • carrie dixon-wiese.jpg Local housing facility subject of $349,000 lawsuit

    A local housing facility is the subject of a lawsuit in U.S. Eastern District Court, with several major entities named as defendants — though the Somerset city attorney notes that’s actually more for their protection.
    The defendants listed included the City of Somerset, Somerset Independent Board of Education, and Pulaski County government, as well as the company Somerset East Mt. Vernon Associates, Ltd.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Last rescue adopted pic.jpg Last of dogs rescued from Nancy kennel is adopted

    The last of 27 dogs housed at a Louisville animal rescue center after they were taken from a western Pulaski County puppy mill in a January raid has found a permanent home.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Pulaski gets small share of road money

    Some $200 million worth of road-building projects in Pulaski County during the past decade likely is the reason this county got only a tiny share in the two-year road plan hammered out by the General Assembly during the session that adjourned late Tuesday.

    April 17, 2014

  • LaDonna Hurd.jpg Local firefighter dies from injuries suffered in fall at skating rink

    The community’s move to rally around a local volunteer firefighter, nurse, and single mother injured while roller skating has taken on a more tragic note.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • LAKE-FISHING FOTO.JPG Rising lake levels are improving area fishing conditions

    The rising level of Lake Cumberland is covering banks that have been bare for seven years and increasing habitat for game fish such as bass, bluegill and crappie.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ebenstein, Jacob.jpg Local man receives 12 1/2 years in DUI death of teen

    An entire courtroom on Thursday was moved to tears by parents who spoke of the loss of their 19-year-old son during a sentencing for the man who pleaded guilty in his death.

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • City agencies dealing with gas leak

    From the Somerset Police Department:

    If you use East University Drive between KY 1247 and KY 39 or live in the area, your drive may be affected by a gas pipeline leak.

     

    April 17, 2014

News Live
AP Video
Raw: More Than 100,000 Gather for Easter Sunday Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest
Facebook
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks