Newspaper Owner Has Plan To Build Oil Refinery In Kitimat
Friday, August 17, 2012 @ 11:36 AM
Kitimat,B.C. – David Black the owner of 150 newspapers in Canada and the US (including former ownership of the Prince George Free Press*) says he will submit an application for an environmental assessment for a new 13 billion dollar refinery in the area between Kitimat and Terrace that he says will employ 3,000 people long term in operation and spin off jobs.
The new refinery would produce 550,000 barrels a day making it one of the top ten refineries in the world.By comparison the Husky refinery in Prince George produces 12,000 barrels a day, while the Chevron, Burnaby facility produces 55,000 barrels.
Black says the new refinery would eliminate the threat of a heavy oil spill on the coast because all of the product would be refined there.
The company, Kitimatclean, will make the application as soon as possible. Black says the project would begin construction in 2014 and would be finished by 2020.
Enbridge’s pipe line is proposed to be finished construction by 2017.
Black says his company, Kitimat Clean Ltd, is submitting an Environmental Assessment Application to build a world scale oil refinery at Kitimat BC.
The refinery will have the capacity to process all of the output of the planned Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline.
The refinery will be state-of-the-art and designed specifically for processing Alberta oil sands heavy crude oil. "We want it to be the cleanest and greenest upgrading and refining site in the world" says Black in a release issued today.
The plant will process up to 550,000 barrels per day of dilbit (condensate diluent and Alberta oil sands bitumen). The diluent will be separated and returned to Edmonton via the proposed Enbridge secondary pipeline.
The plant will produce 240,000 barrels per day of diesel, 100,000 of gasoline and 50,000 of kerosene, or aviation fuel.
The plant will be located at the 3000 hectare Dubose location which is 25 kilometers north of Kitimat and 25 kilometers south of Terrace. The Dubose site is Crown Land zoned for industrial use. The Enbridge pipelines are planned to run through the property.
(* On its website, Black Press lists the Free Press as one of its papers however it does not own that publication though we are told it is still "associated" with it. We thank the reader for pointing out the discrepancy in our original story.)