The original cutline from the Telegram-Tribune read as follows: COKING PLANT SKYSCRAPERS ... Nearly 1,700 persons are now employed in the construction of Union Oil company's new coking plant southwest of Arroyo Grande. Some 3,200 acres of unproductive sand dunes are being converted into an industrial plant for manufacturing coke, sulphur and high grade feed stock gas oils for use in big Union Oil refineries in the San Francisco and and Los Angeles areas.Completion of the first of two identical independently operating coking units, highest structure on right, is scheduled for March. Caesar equipment, towering structures surrounding the two coking units, includes gas-fired heaters, heat exchangers, fractionalization columns for separating gases, and liquids, condensers, after-coolers and multiple stage pumps, Bechtel corporation is building the $5,000,000 plant.
The original cutline from the Telegram-Tribune read as follows: COKING PLANT SKYSCRAPERS ... Nearly 1,700 persons are now employed in the construction of Union Oil company's new coking plant southwest of Arroyo Grande. Some 3,200 acres of unproductive sand dunes are being converted into an industrial plant for manufacturing coke, sulphur and high grade feed stock gas oils for use in big Union Oil refineries in the San Francisco and and Los Angeles areas.Completion of the first of two identical independently operating coking units, highest structure on right, is scheduled for March. Caesar equipment, towering structures surrounding the two coking units, includes gas-fired heaters, heat exchangers, fractionalization columns for separating gases, and liquids, condensers, after-coolers and multiple stage pumps, Bechtel corporation is building the $5,000,000 plant. File Telegram-Tribune
The original cutline from the Telegram-Tribune read as follows: COKING PLANT SKYSCRAPERS ... Nearly 1,700 persons are now employed in the construction of Union Oil company's new coking plant southwest of Arroyo Grande. Some 3,200 acres of unproductive sand dunes are being converted into an industrial plant for manufacturing coke, sulphur and high grade feed stock gas oils for use in big Union Oil refineries in the San Francisco and and Los Angeles areas.Completion of the first of two identical independently operating coking units, highest structure on right, is scheduled for March. Caesar equipment, towering structures surrounding the two coking units, includes gas-fired heaters, heat exchangers, fractionalization columns for separating gases, and liquids, condensers, after-coolers and multiple stage pumps, Bechtel corporation is building the $5,000,000 plant. File Telegram-Tribune

Union Oil built Nipomo refinery during rapidly changing 1950s

February 20, 2016 09:58 AM

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