The ConocoPhillips refinery on the Nipomo Mesa has been recognized by a national industry association for stellar safety performance, making it one of only two in the United States to be so honored.
The National Petrochemical and Refiners Association gave its distinguished safety honorable mention award to the local refinery for its performance in 2010. The Nipomo refinery had to pass a stringent safety screening and a committee review of a 29-page application. Only 12 facilities nationwide — out of several hundred that applied — were recognized, and the Nipomo facility finished third in the rankings.
Among the criteria were measures such as no reportable injuries for a year and hundreds of days without an accident.
On hand to receive the award at a safety conference in Fort Worth, Texas, were Nipomo facility manager Tim Seidel; Kristen Kopp, superintendent of health, safety and environment; HSE programs coordinator Karen Adams; and coker operator Robert Velasquez.
The refinery has been operating on the Nipomo Mesa since 1955.