Alon USA recently awarded local firm Brinderson, L.P. an initial contract to begin engineering work in support of Alon’s Bakersfield Refinery Crude Flexibility Project, which was approved last year by the Kern County Board of Supervisors. After an extensive Request for Proposal (RFP) process, the choice came down to three firms, all with national and large-scale project management experience. On September 9, 2014, the Kern County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the Alon Bakersfield Refinery Crude Flexibility Project, allowing Alon to construct a new rail facility at the Bakersfield refinery and to make modifications to the refinery that will allow it to process light crude. The design of the Crude Flexibility Project will meet stringent safety and environmental standards and will consider ways to conserve water, energy and other resources.
“The choice of a local firm proves Alon’s commitment to Kern County, and it is an important step toward reopening the Bakersfield facility. We are thrilled to see Alon USA make this large-scale investment in our community. This is a venture that should not be underplayed – it will lead to hundreds of local jobs and add to the vibrancy of Kern County’s economy,” explained Richard Chapman, president and CEO of the Kern Economic Development Corporation.
Brinderson expects to complete the initial engineering phase during the upcoming months.
Brinderson, L.P. is a full-service engineering, procurement, fabrication, construction and maintenance company with offices on California Avenue in Bakersfield, California. Brinderson currently employs over 700 people in San Joaquin Valley, and with this award, an additional 10 employees will be hired for the initial phase. Brinderson is headquartered in Costa Mesa, California. Concentrating primarily on energy projects, Brinderson serves a broad range of industries, including upstream oil and gas production, gas processing, oil refining, terminals and pipelines, chemicals, renewable energy, and industrial manufacturing.
“We are excited to move forward with the detailed engineering of the Crude Flexibility Project. We are particularly pleased that we were able to award this contract to a local company. Ensuring that the Bakersfield community benefits from our project is important to us. Our partnership with Brinderson is a result of their strong engineering capability, attention to safety, environmental stewardship and years of experience in Kern County,” stated Bill Little, General Manager for Alon USA’s Bakersfield Refinery.
For more information about the project, contact: Blake D. Lewis III, Lewis Public Relations, 214-635-3020.
Alon USA Energy, Inc., headquartered in Dallas, Texas, is an independent refiner and marketer of petroleum products, operating primarily in the South Central, Southwestern and Western regions of the United States. Alon owns 100% of the general partner and approximately 82% of the limited partner interests in Alon USA Partners, LP, which owns a crude oil refinery in Big Spring, Texas, with a crude oil throughput capacity of 73,000 barrels per day. In addition, Alon directly owns crude oil refineries in Krotz Springs, Louisiana, with a crude oil throughput capacity of 74,000 barrels per day and in California with a crude oil throughput capacity of 70,000 barrels per day. Alon is a leading marketer of asphalt, which it distributes primarily through asphalt terminals located predominately in the Southwestern and Western United States. Alon is the largest 7-Eleven licensee in the United States and operates approximately 300 convenience stores in Central and West Texas and New Mexico.