3,000 temp workers on job at BP refinery at Blaine

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BLAINE, Wash. (AP) -- BP has brought in 3,000 workers for repair and maintenance work at its Cherry Point refinery at Blaine.

The refinery was shut down Feb. 17 by a fire, and BP chose to use the outage to move up maintenance.

Spokesman Bill Kidd said Friday the fire repairs will be completed by the time the maintenance wraps up.

The BP refinery operates with about 800 workers. It is the largest of five refineries in Washington and the third-largest on the West Coast. It produces 20 percent of Washington's gasoline needs and it supplies the majority of jet fuel for Sea-Tac, Portland and Vancouver, British Columbia, airports.

To help make up the loss of production, Kidd says BP is shipping fuel to Cherry Point to feed the Olympic Pipe Line system.