June 19, 2007

Study process continues for proposed crude oil refinery project in Newfoundland and Labrador

Ottawa, Ontario – The Ministry of the Environment has determined that a comprehensive study process currently underway will continue for the proposed crude oil refinery project in Southern Head, Newfoundland and Labrador. John Baird, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, has determined that the process is the most appropriate type of environmental assessment for the project.

Newfoundland and Labrador Refining Corporation, the proponent for the project, is proposing to construct, operate and eventually decommission the refinery, which would produce 300,000 barrels per day (bpd) and could be expanded to 600,000 bpd at some future date. The proponent proposes to locate the refinery at Southern Head, between North Harbour and Come-by-Chance Harbour, at the head of Placentia Bay.

The refinery infrastructure will include the process facilities, marine facilities, storage tanks, access road, transmission lines, pipelines, water treatment facility, desalination plant and utilities. The refinery’s main products will be gasoline, kerosene/jet fuel, and ultra-low sulphur diesel, along with byproducts including liquefied petroleum gas, sulphur and petroleum coke.

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