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Canada newspaper owner proposes $13bn refinery

08.20.2012  | 

David Black, owner of the British Columbia community newspaper chain Black Press, said the refinery built near Kitimat would process crude oil from Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline into refined products, including gasoline, diesel and aviation fuel. The refinery would process 550,000 bpd of oil.

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By EDWARD WELSCH

The owner of a British Columbia newspaper chain has proposed spending 13 billion Canadian dollars ($13.1 billion) to build an oil refinery on Canada's west coast that would refine crude from oil sands before shipment to Asia.

David Black, owner of the British Columbia community newspaper chain Black Press Ltd., said this weekend that the refinery built near Kitimat, British Columbia, would process crude oil from Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline into refined products, including gasoline, diesel and aviation fuel.

“The refinery will be state of the art and designed specifically for processing Alberta oil sands heavy crude oil,” Black said in a statement on the website for the new refining company, called Kitimat Clean Ltd. “We want it to be the cleanest and greenest upgrading and refining site in the world.”

Black said that the refinery would reduce the risk from tanker spills on the west coast, because refined petroleum products evaporate and aren't as hard to clean up as unrefined crude oil.

The refinery would create 6,000 construction jobs over five years and 3,000 permanent refinery jobs, he said.

The refinery would be able to process 550,000 bpd of oil and could be built by 2020. Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline is designed to transport 525,000 bpd and could be completed by 2017.

Black said he has been in contact with government officials and believes they would support the project.

He also said that he believes the public would be more supportive of the Enbridge pipeline if a refinery were built to both help British Columbia's economy and reduce the spill risk.

However, Black said some oil sands producers have said they are not in favor of a refinery and would prefer to export unrefined heavy crude.


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brent duteau
12.17.2012

read article, have question if a person had few hundred dollars ,could one invest

in this David Black, owner of the British Columbia community newspaper chain Black Press, said the refinery built near Kitimat would process crude oil from Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline into refined products, including gasoline, diesel and aviation fuel. The refinery would process 550,000 bpd of oil.

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By EDWARD WELSCH

The owner of a British Columbia newspaper chain has proposed spending 13 billion Canadian dollars ($13.1 billion) to build an oil refinery on Canada's west coast that would refine crude from oil sands before shipment to Asia.

work in capital press in Kelowna, British columbia,canada, night shift .
wondering could you reply,thanks

brentduteau@hotmail.com or cell 250- 215-9173

Guillermo
08.22.2012

Finally, an idea to save the publishing industry!

Vinh Le
08.22.2012

It makes more sense to locate the refinery where the unrefined crude is (Alberta) to save transportation cost (especially of sand). The processed sand can be returned locally as refill. I don't know if it is possible to build a pipeline across the Rockies. A terminal to export the refined products in Vancouver makes sense for export to other Pacific countries.

ROBERTO CASTILLO M.
08.21.2012

I like work in this refinery, I am enginer and I have many experience in tube, pipie, tubing, etc., instalations and building construcction, but I known`t with who go to this thing.
So long and regards.
Roberto Castillo

Robert Wendel
08.21.2012

In 2006, I worked on the Northern Lights Upgrader project, which was eventually sold to Total, and then abandoned. That unit was going to be built near Edmonton. As you can imagine, building this type of facility in Alberta is very costly. It would only make sense from an engineering perspective to build both an upgrader and the refinery in BC. Also, I can't understand why the crude suppliers would care who they sold their product to, as long as they got a good price for it. To me it seems like a win-win situation. Also, in the near term it would generate about $2B worth of engineering contracts for E&C firms in both the US and Canada.

Dave Sabo
08.21.2012

Build the refinery at the source of the crude and ship the finished products to the coast. You also have the option of shipping products south to the USA or internally in Canada thru a new product pipeline(s).

M.J.Sastry
08.21.2012

Hearty Congratulations!
Kindly consider for gasoline production :
By Deparaffinising the Naphtha,Hy Naphtha,Kerosene fractions
This will be more economical and also these will,maximize--by products up gradation of LAB (Linear Alkyl Benzene) Production,Molecular Sieve Separation process.There will be advantage of Freezing point reduction by (-72*C) deparaffinising needed for Aviation fuels,since this stock is free of paraffins RON /MON will be high and hence suitable to Gasoline Maximization,It will be cost economical by not using Platinum catalyst,operating at 30 kg/sq.cm and temp 470 *C as per CRU/CCR requirements, so there is energy conservation too,since FBP of Gasoline is 230*C we need to take advantage of product Specifications will be Gained advantage too.
I was in Oil Refineries in Oil movement &Storage,CDU&VDU, HGU&CRU finally in SRU too. for 27 years in INDIA,NIGERIA& QATAR
Best Regards
Sastry

W. Schlusser
08.21.2012

Oil sands HC extraction is the most polluting process of any HC recovery method including coal processing and burning.
Leave the stuff in the ground and concentrate on solar energy research, development and applications.

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