Crude Flexibility Project.

Modernizing Kern County’s
Energy Resources

The Alon USA Bakersfield Refinery is pursuing permits for the proposed Crude Flexibility Project which will allow the refinery to process a wider variety of crude oils with increased efficiency. The Crude Flexibility Project will expand the refinery’s existing crude terminal operation by installing equipment to allow additional crude delivery by rail. The installation of additional rail loop, located completely within the refinery’s boundaries, will allow receipt and storage of crude oil for refining and shipping by pipeline. Only minor upgrades and unit changes are planned for the existing refinery and the facility’s processing capacity and crude through-put will not increase.
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. As always, you can rely on Alon USA to minimize any impacts before, during and after construction. We are constantly committed to the safety of our neighbors, the community and our employees.

The Crude Flexibility Project and modernization of the Alon USA Bakersfield Refinery will result in millions of dollars of investment for one of Bakersfield’s biggest assets and provide substantial added revenue and economic benefit to Kern County and local communities. When approved, the project could provide more than 100 high-paying jobs for local residents that cannot be outsourced. Project approval would also mean jobs for local building trades unions. In fact, Alon USA has signed a project labor agreement with the local Building and Construction Trades Council, a pact that will provide many high-paying jobs for local building trade members and their families.

The Petroleum Refining Industry Creates Jobs

A study commissioned by the Western States Petroleum Association in 2011 indicated that for each direct job created in a petroleum refinery, there were as many as nine additional jobs created in the surrounding community. Equally important, the project and subsequent operations at the refinery will create additional economic opportunities for local business vendors and will add significant tax revenue to fund schools and other valuable community services.


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How You can Help:

The Crude Flexibility Project must be approved by the Kern County Planning Commission, and they care about what the community thinks. Please take a moment to:

  • Call 661-862-8739
  • Email
  • or Send a letter of support to Attn: Craig Murphy, Chief Deputy Planner, Kern County Planning Commission, 2700 M St., Bakersfield, CA 93301

To show your support for the Crude Flexibility Project, please complete the following form and SEND. Thank you!

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