Alon Refinery Almost Ready to Go

Sarah Snyder
Sarah Snyder

By Sarah Snyder
NewsWest 9

It's been more than six months since the explosion that rocked Big Spring, but the Alon Refinery is almost back up and ready to go.

The Big Spring Refinery has been operating at half capacity for the past several months. 

Contractors have been working to get it back up and running, and they're just about done. 

The Refinery's Vice President tells us they've finished all the mechanical work and are in the process of running tests to make sure everything is good to go. 

There is still some work to do on a few other pieces of equipment, like the boilers. 

More than one thousand contractors were brought in and they'll be finishing up in the next few days. 

We're told the refinery should be up to 95 percent capacity by the weekend and the County's largest tax payer should be up to full strength by the end of the month. 

Alon is still in the middle of a court battle with County appraisers over taxes. 

The Refinery is suing the County because they believe they were overvalued for 2006 and 2007. 

A judge is deliberating and both sides will be back in court one week from Tuesday.