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Canadian refining company Irving Oil starts new refinery regulatory process

Canadian refining company Irving Oil starts new refinery regulatory process

Canadian refining firm Irving Oil has applied for environmental permits from Ottawa and New Brunswick to build a second oil refinery in Saint John, on Canada's eastern coast.
If approved, the refinery would be the first facility of its kind built in North America in over 25 years.
The privately owned Canadian company released a 200-page project description Thursday to start what is likely to be a two-year process that will examine the refinery's potential impact on health and pollution.
The C$7 billion (US$5.9 billion) refinery is expected to produce 300,000 barrels per day of oil, diesel oil and petroleum coke.
The environmental review will also look at marine terminals that will handle supertankers bringing heavy crude through the Bay of Fundy.
The company has identified 800 hectares (2,000 acres) where it plans to build the refinery, most of it surrounding the existing Canaport oil shipment facility, about eight kilometers (5 miles) southeast of the port city.
The new facility is primarily aimed at supplying the U.S. Northeast, and the company refers to it as a step toward Canada becoming an "energy superpower."
The company's president, Kenneth Irving, said he wants community input as the environmental assessment proceeds.
"We want to make sure we involve members of our community and that we do a good job of reviewing all aspects of the project that are important to those of us who live and work here," Irving said in a statement.
Critics say the refinery is expected to increase harmful air emissions and double the amount of supertanker traffic in the bay.
The project still needs an energy partner to provide a supply crude oil.
Irving already has a 300,000-barrel-a-day refinery at Saint John that exports petroleum products to the U.S. Northeast.


Updated : 2021-03-07 14:19 GMT+08:00