Richmond Today: A Newsletter from Chevron Richmond

  • by BPC Staff
  • on April 2, 2014

We are excited to share the April 2014 issue of Richmond Today, the official newsletter of Chevron Richmond.

You can access a PDF of the newsletter in both English and Spanish by CLICKING HERE. For your convenience, we have included highlights from our April newsletter below. Please feel free to forward this to your friends, family, neighbors and colleagues.






Report Illustrates Modernization Benefits 

The City of Richmond recently released the environmental impact report (EIR) for the Refinery Modernization Project, which describes how modernization will protect the environment, enhance safety and create 1,000 new local construction jobs. We’re excited because the publication of the EIR marks a major milestone in our efforts to create a newer, safer, cleaner refinery. The City of Richmond and the refinery will provide multiple opportunities for the public to ask questions, find out more details and share opinions. Visit for more information. 






An Overview of Modernization 

We highlight a map detailing the main elements of modernization, showing how it will create a newer, safer, cleaner refinery that’s better for this community. 
The vast majority of modernization includes replacing some of the refinery’s oldest equipment with newer technologies that are inherently safer and will help meet the nation’s toughest air quality standards. Additional upgrades include replacing the existing 1960s hydrogen plant with a modern plant that is 20% more energy efficient and produces higher-quality hydrogen. The project also provides the refinery with the flexibility to process crude oil blends and gas oils containing higher levels of sulfur while meeting safety and environmental standards. 






Community Corner: Scientific Art Studio

We spotlight Ron Holthuysen of the Scientific Art Studio, a Richmond-based art studio that creates public art projects for institutions around the Bay Area, including the four-fingered baseball glove at AT&T Park in San Francisco and Aesop’s Playhouse at Children’s Fairyland in Oakland, to name a few. Ron shares how he relocated his studio to Richmond’s Iron Triangle in 2006 and how he has been impressed by this community ever since. In particular, he’s excited about the Iron Triangle-led effort to renovate Pogo Park. Find out more about the project by visiting