Illinois EPA approves Phillips expansion permit

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Phillips 66 Wood River
THE PHILLIPS 66 Wood River Refinery as seen at night.

Roxana – The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency last week said it has approved construction permits for a major expansion project at the Phillips 66 Wood River Refinery and Hartford Terminal.

That decision gives a green light to a project expected to employ some 750 union construction workers for up to two years. The project is a continuation of the refinery’s Coker and Refinery Expansion Project (CORE), completed in 2009-2011, and was designed to enlarge the plant’s capacity and reduce emissions.

The work will include construction of fractionation columns, which will break crude oil into its component parts for use in products including gasoline and diesel fuel.

The project also includes a new cooling tower, two new storage tanks for the resulting products, and a new boiler to provide steam power to the towers. Plans for a new catalytic cracking unit were canceled.

Documents detailing technical issues and the hearing project can be seen on the Illinois EPA website, at epa.illinois.gov/public-notices/index.

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