April 29, 2013 at 11:12 pm #1684
Consumers’ Co-Operative Refineries Ltd.’s Regina refinery will delay the restart of its 46,000 barrel-a-day coker to May 23, a company spokesman said.
All units will be running at “full bore” by then, with the refinery producing about 126,000 barrels a day, Vic Huard, a spokesman for the Regina, Saskatchewan-based refining company, said today in an interview in Calgary.
The coker, which processes Canadian heavy oil, was damaged by a fire on Feb. 11. Repairs are now complete, Huard said, though the restart of the heavy crude train supplying the unit was delayed by six days to May 17, he said.
The refinery is currently producing about 80,000 barrels a day from two units undamaged by the fire, Huard said. The two units process light and synthetic grades of oil.
The delay won’t affect the retail network operated by Federated Co-op Ltd., parent of Consumers’ Co-Operative, he said.
In October, Consumers completed an expansion that increased the Regina refinery’s capacity by about 30,000 barrels a day to 130,000 barrels, making it Canada’s fourth-largest refinery, the company said. The project allows the plant to process more light synthetic crude and will add 15,000 barrels a day more in the future.
By Edward Welsch – Apr 25, 2013 2:23 PM MT
May 3, 2013 at 7:57 am #4491
After 2 decades without a serious fire, the one they mention in this article is the third significant (course in refinery no blaze is insignificant) blaze at Coop’s Refinery complex in 16 months.
The New Grade Upgrader (now 100% CCRL’s since 2007 purchase outstanding portion) adjacent to plant was also expanded in the upgrade ($1.9 B) just prior to one last fire/explosion in Oct 2011 which was later attributed to line rupture due corrosion (20ft sec pipe missed in 2010 detection & replacements). Colt Worley Parson & Mustang Engr. had EPC on $800MM of $1.9B project work that gave the plant +30% more capacity the specialty.calcinable petcoke has become mostly fuel coke after expansion.
The higher level Bitumen crudes
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