LIMA — Safety is the key to everything Husky does at its Lima refinery.
“At the refinery, we believe that safety is the expertise of all the employees who work here,” said Amy Nusbaum, senior communications manager for Husky Energy in Lima.
Husky Energy has owned the Lima refinery since 2007. The company, headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada is one of the biggest employers in the Lima area, employing 450 workers at the local refinery.
“We talk about expertise, obviously the refinery’s job is to take crude oil and turn it into transportation fuels, but in the maintenance department we talk a lot about expertise, and its expertise is just not knowing what to do, but it’s knowing how to do the job and most importantly, how to do it safely,” said Greg Phillips, director of maintenance for Husky Energy in Lima.
Recently, the maintenance department at the refinery celebrated a safety milestone.
“We have about 80 employees (in the maintenance department), and earlier this month we celebrated four years without a recordable injury. We say it’s four years, but really what we talk about in all of our meetings is 1,460 days because we have to take these things day by day, job by job, so that’s 80 employees with no serious injuries in four years. It’s about 750,000 man hours in the department without an injury, which is a pretty significant milestone,” Phillips said.
The facility processes light crude oil, but a new project will see increases in heavy oil processing capacity. Heavy crude processing capacity will increase from 10,000 barrels per day to 40,000 barrels per day.
“That’s definitely been one of the priorities for the last couple of years is getting ready for what we call the (Crude Oil Flexability) project, and it’s definitely been one of our main focuses, you know, safety, reliability and then the COF project,” Nusbaum said.
According to Husky’s website, the refinery produces gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, residual fuels and petrochemical feedstocks.
The 2 billion gallons of refined petroleum products produced annually include about 25 percent of the gasoline consumed in Ohio.
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