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United Refining Company (URC) is an independent refiner and marketer of petroleum and derived products. URC’s Warren, Pennsylvania facility produces several grades of unleaded gasoline and asphalt, diesel fuel, kerosene, various industrial fuels, heating oil, liquified petroleum gas, and propane. Operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the refinery processes approximately 70,000 barrels of oil every day.
URC markets and distributes its products across 375 wholly owned and operated retail outlets in Pennsylvania, Upstate New York, and Northeast Ohio. The locations range from service station/convenience stores to truck stops, restaurants, and garages under the brands Kwik Fill, Red Apple Food Marts, and Country Fair.
In addition to ongoing service, maintenance, and project work, United Refining implements turnaround/shutdowns at the Warren facility once every three years to perform plant-wide maintenance and upgrades of equipment and systems and to modify their processes and procedures in accordance with government mandates.
O’Connell employees have been working at United Refining’s Warren, Pennsylvania facility for over 16 years. Our work for the company ranges from a variety of special projects to daily maintenance and service.
For a recent turnaround/shutdown, O’Connell was hired by URC to develop a scope of work which involved upgrades to systems for refining low sulfur gasoline grades and ethanol gasoline processes. Ultimately, O’Connell received a $2 million labor contract to perform the upgrades for which 30 of our electrical technicians worked 12-hour days, seven days a week, for 20 weeks and our project manager moved to Warren. In addition to extensive electrical construction, O’Connell assisted URC engineers in the design of medium and low voltage power distribution systems for mission critical controls and instrumentation. For the general contractor, we developed structural layouts for carrying electrical systems throughout the plant. We also designed and built a medium voltage substation to provide power for a new, increased capacity crude desalter system.
O’Connell’s Technical Services Division recently conducted a year-long plant wide Arc Flash study. Utilizing customer provided one-line diagrams, our TEGG technicians traced the flow of power through distribution systems and metering to all circuit breakers, transformers, capacitors, busbars, and conductors. Information gathered was fed into a software model to determine open equipment hazard levels and the necessary safety gear for working on them. Labels were applied to all equipment with detailed safety information. Upon conclusion of the study, TEGG technicians provided training classes for all applicable URC personnel and on site O’Connell electricians.
Other recent projects completed by O’Connell include an asphalt acid injection system for extended cool weather applications, a rail-based ethanol unloading system, a waste water treatment facility, and a nitrogen compressor project.
O’Connell maintains several technicians at the Warren facility for daily service and maintenance work and trouble shooting. Several years ago our service technicians worked around the clock with URC maintenance workers to repair and rebuild systems damaged by a plant fire.
O’Connell’s proactive approach to safety has garnered United’s confidence and respect. We have continually demonstrated our in-depth knowledge of plant safety procedures and the regulations governing the industry. O’Connell works closely with URC in their commitment with OSHA to develop a preventative safety environment at Warren. URC maintains a five-star rating with OSHA.
Our business relationship with United Refining did not developed by accident. O’Connell takes great care to provide exceptional customer service with ethics and integrity to all its customers. We demonstrate industry leadership by consistently delivering dependable, quality work through innovative means while remaining versatile and adaptable to change and exhibiting an exceptional dedication to safety at all times.