Hunt Refining Company owns and operates a complex, full-conversion petroleum and asphalt refinery in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
In 2010, Hunt Refining Company completed a three-year expansion project of the Tuscaloosa refinery that took its capacity from 52,000 barrels per day to the current 72,000 barrels per day. As a result of the expansion project, the refinery doubled the amount of gasoline and distillates that it produces and improved its flexibility in running various crude streams.
The major units of the refinery include:
HRC's Crude Unit processes up to 40,000 barrels per day. This unit separates the crude oil into gasoline, kerosene and diesel components. These streams then pass to other units for further processing before sales.
The delayed Coker was doubled in size in 2010 to 32,000 barrels per day. The coker, together with a front-end crude oil heater, expands the crude oil processing capacity of the Tuscaloosa refinery but more importantly provides flexibility in coking the asphalt produced by the refinery to create more gasoline and diesel
The hydrocracker converts gas oil produced at the refinery into naphtha and distillates, which are then further refined into finished gasoline, diesel fuel and jet fuel. The capacity of the hydrocracker is 15,000 barrels per day.
Continuous Catalytic Reformer
The new continuous catalytic reformer (CCR) improves the yield of gasoline at the Tuscaloosa refinery through improved technology and capacity. It meets new low benzene regulations in gasoline and has a capacity of 16,000 barrels per day.