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LIMA — While the Canadian pipeline project remains on the back-burner at the Lima Refinery, investment in the 134-year-old facility is still in the forefront for Husky Energy.The company just finished spending $43 million on maintenance work during a 42-day turnaround project in 2010, plus it added $60 million in capital improvement projects, spokesperson Ed Goedde told the Lima Rotary Club on Monday.During the update about plant projects, Goedde noted: • Husky is still committed to a $2- to $4-billion investment to pump heavy crude from the rugged tundra of northern Alberta for eventual refining in Toledo and Lima. At one point that project was to have started in the second half of 2010. The upgrades in Lima now “will be built in chunks over the next 10 years,” Goedde said.• Construction of a new central control facility and laboratory is currently underway. The $40-million project will include a 180,000 square-foot building off Metcalf Street. The facility will be the communication and security hub for the refinery. It will see the Metcalf Street entrance move south of the current stop light in front of the plant. The main office will be demolished and the gym and recreation center will be renovated. “We hope to move into the new building early next year,” Goedde said.The recently completed turnaround project saw employees and subcontractors working around the clock, non-stop. It involved 1,974 people, who put in 70,000 man-hours.“The benefit of this project goes beyond the refinery when you consider that many of these people were staying in Lima’s hotels, eating in our restaurants and buying merchandise at our stores,” said Goedde.The Lima skyline also saw a change from the turnaround.“The east-side flame now has a lot less flame,” Goedde said.The Lima facility can refine 160,000 barrels of crude oil a day. Products include gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, residual fuels and petrochemical feedstock. With 580 workers, the Lima refinery produces approximately 2 billion gallons of refined petroleum products annually, including approximately 25 percent of the gasoline consumed in Ohio.

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