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Fire at Biggest US Midwest Refinery Threatens Fuel Supplies

  • Wholesale diesel and gasoline prices jump throughout Midwest
  • BP still working to assess damage and determine unit restarts
The BP Plc Whiting Refinery in Whiting, Indiana, in 2021.

The BP Plc Whiting Refinery in Whiting, Indiana, in 2021.

Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

An outage at the largest US Midwest refinery is raising wholesale fuel prices regionally just as the agricultural sector gears up for its busiest time of year. 

BP PLC shut two crude units at its 435,000 barrel-a-day Whiting, Indiana, refinery after a fire Wednesday, Wood Mackenzie’s Genscape said. The fire occurred in the power house and caused a loss of cooling water, which could lead to damaged equipment, according to a person familiar with operations.