Sinclair Land Acquisition Includes Sutherland’s Site

Sinclair Corp. has broken ground on a $1 billion expansion of its Tulsa refinery.
The Salt Lake City-based company won approval from regulatory agencies in March for the construction, which begins immediately. It will increase capacity of the refinery 60 percent to 115,000 barrels per day. Sinclair has owned the facility since 1983 and currently employs 260 at the site.
Since the beginning of 2007, Sinclair has spent more than $13 million in land acquisitions in preparation for the expansion, mostly in the Garden City Addition and the areas immediately surrounding the refinery. Most recently, the company closed on a six-acre tract of land at 3110 Southwest Blvd.
The site, which fronts on U.S. 75 and Southwest Boulevard, is the former home of Sutherland Lumber Co. The property was purchased for $1.25 million. Jim Burton of Burton Properties represented the seller in the transaction while Jim Stephens of Adwon Properties Inc. represented the buyer, Sinclair.
Post expansion, the refinery will be reconfigured to handle heavy, sour crude oil and produce mainly diesel, said Kevin Brown, executive vice president of Sinclair Tulsa Refining Co. “Sour” crude oil contains the impurities hydrogen sulfide and carbon dioxide. The thicker, viscous crude oils are called “heavier.” The heavier and more sour the crude, the more difficult and expensive it is to turn into usable refined products.
Diesel production will increase 36,000 bpd to 56,000 bpd. Gasoline production will increase 8,900 bpd.

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