Par Hawaii helps keep fuel costs lower for island customers

Fuel is something we can often take for granted, but living on an island it’s a commodity we use every single day. From our cars to the airlines to the asphalt we drive on, chances are, it was produced at Par Hawaii Refinery. The refinery processes up to 94,000 barrels of crude oil per day with 27 miles of distribution pipelines and a single-point mooring terminal. Par Hawaii’s gasoline and diesel are sold through a network of 128 retail locations on Oahu, Maui and Hawaii islands.

When crude oil is imported into the refinery, there are a host of products that are processed including diesel, green fuels, jet fuel, asphalt and kerosene. The products are then transported out and distributed to retail locations, military bases and airports. Because of Hawaii’s remote but strategic location, transportation and marine fuels make up a large part of Par Hawaii’s products. Transportation fuel is a vital part of tourism and military trade, so both planes and ships leaving and traveling between the islands are likely refueled with fuel from Par Hawaii. Diesel fuel is also produced for transportation but is also used for power generation here in the islands.

While we all feel the crunch at the gas pumps, prices would be much higher if fuel was produced off island. This is a traditional problem for any island community that is year-dependent on other sources of energy. Producing fuel on island helps to reduce some of that impact. One of the advantages of having Par Hawaii on island is more efficient and affordable production and consumption of fuels, as transportation costs are kept to importation of crude oil as opposed to additional refined fuel being imported into the islands.

The refinery now owned by Par Hawaii was built in the 1970s as a direct result of the oil embargoes at that time. Today there is a statewide initiative to remove our dependency on fossil fuels and move toward renewable fuels. Par hawaii sees it as an opportunity to participate in that initiative. In the meantime it is Par Hawaii’s goal to produce low cost effective transportation fuels on island.

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