Phillips 66 refinery is best in class in safety

For the third consecutive year, a Phillips 66 refinery captured the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers’ highest safety award.

A Phillips 66 refinery is best in class in safety for a third consecutive year.

Ponca City Refinery in Oklahoma captured the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers’ highest safety award for its outstanding occupational and process safety record in 2018, and five other Phillips 66 refineries also were honored for their records.

Ponca City is one of seven U.S.-based facilities to win AFPM's Distinguished Safety awards for the year. The awards are presented to sites that demonstrate exemplary, long-term safety performance, program innovation and leadership.

"This award represents the hard work and dedication to safety by every employee at the Ponca City Refinery," Refinery Manager Darin Fields said.

Ferndale Refinery in Washington state and Los Angeles Refinery earned Elite Gold awards, AFPM’s second-highest safety honor, for facilities with safety performances in the top 1 percentile. Billings (Montana), Borger (Texas) and San Francisco-Santa Maria (California) refineries notched Elite Silver awards for safety performances in the top 5 percentile.

The strong showing by Phillips 66 — whose six awards accounted for nearly half of all refineries recognized by AFPM for 2018 — underscores the company’s commitment to safety and its strategic focus on achieving operating excellence across all of its businesses.

"We are committed to operating safely and reliably while being mindful of our environmental responsibilities," Phillips 66 Senior Vice President for Refining Bob Herman said. "Across Phillips 66 and in our primary joint ventures, we are industry leaders in safety performance."

AFPM is the largest trade organization for refiners and chemical manufacturers in the U.S. The awards were presented April 24 at a ceremony in Grapevine, Texas.

Aside from the record-high seven Distinguished Safety awards this year, AFPM presented four Elite Gold awards and 21 Elite Silver awards. CPChem, a joint venture between Phillips 66 and Chevron, had five Texas-based chemical plants — Cedar Bayou, Conroe, Pasadena, Port Arthur and Sweeny — earn Elite Silver awards.

The awards are part of a program developed by the AFPM Safety and Health Committee to promote safe operations in the refining and petrochemical industries. In all, 290 facilities had the chance to apply for consideration.

"In our industries, safety is paramount, and nothing is more important to us than the safety of our workforce and surrounding communities," AFPM President and CEO Chet Thompson said. "This is why we have established high standards for ourselves, standards that go beyond government requirements."

Ponca City, which has a capacity of 220,000 barrels a day, is located 95 miles northwest of Tulsa, Oklahoma. It follows in the steps of past Phillips 66 honorees: Bayway Refinery in Linden, New Jersey, and Lake Charles Refinery in Louisiana captured AFPM’s highest honor in 2017 and 2016, respectively.

"This award for Ponca City represents the outstanding safety culture that has been developed over a number of years here at Phillips 66," Fields said.