Million-hour safety milestone reached in Sunoco project

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Burns & McDonnell, a Kansas City-based engineering, construction, environmental and consulting services firm, announced completion of a hydrotreater conversion project for Philadelphia-based Sunoco Inc. following more than 1 million work hours with zero recordable incidents.

Burns & McDonnell provided engineering, procurement services and construction management services to convert the Sunoco refinery's idled, 50-year-old hydrocracker unit to a hydrotreater unit producing ultra low-sulfur diesel. The hydrocracker, including 170-foot stacks and 40-ton vessels, was dismantled and components reused to build the hydrotreater inside the original unit footprint.

Kevin Diepenbrock, on-site safety manager for Burns & McDonnell, credits Sunoco's commitment to safety and the participation of numerous team leaders in daily pre-work walkthroughs for the excellent safety performance. Diepenbrock also oversaw a customized safety incentives program with weekly and monthly awards and a holiday challenge award.

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