April 9, 2003

Shell Canada first Canadian refiner to produce low sulphur gasoline

Toronto, Ontario – Shell Canada has officially opened low sulphur gasoline production units at its Sarnia and Montréal-East refineries. These units, known as gasoline hydrotreaters, allow Shell to reduce sulphur in gasoline by 90 per cent, making it the first Canadian refiner capable of producing low sulphur gasoline across the country.

The completion of the $150 million gasoline hydrotreater projects in Ontario and Quebec in December 2002 allowed Shell to meet federal low sulphur gasoline regulations more than two years ahead of Environment Canada’s deadline.

The regulation requires Canadian refiners to produce gasoline with a cumulative average of 150 parts per million of sulphur between July 1, 2002 and December 31, 2004, falling to an average of 30 ppm on January 1, 2005.

Reduced sulphur in gasoline is necessary to be compatible with the introduction of advanced emission-control systems in Tier 2 vehicles, expected out in model year 2004. Low sulphur gasoline used in combination with Tier 2 vehicles will result in much lower vehicle emissions and contribute to improved air quality.

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