eastern refineries considering upgrade to handle alberta bitumen
Suncor Energy Suncor may add a 30,000 b/d coker, at a cost of more than $1 billion, to its 137,000 b/d refinery in Montreal to handle Albertan bitumen delivered via the planned Energy East pipeline. When Enbridge reversed its 300,000 b/d Line 9 crude pipeline between Sarnia and Montreal it allowed Suncor to switch feedstock from 90 percent imports from the Middle East and Africa to 100 percent North American crudes.
Irving Oil This 300,000 b/d Saint John Refinery is one of the ten largest refineries in North America and the largest in Canada. Lacking pipeline access, it imports most of its feedstock from African and Middle Eastern countries by tanker, or by rail from the U.S. It exports more than half its refined products to the U.S. Northeast. Irving Oil is exploring adding a coker for Albertan crude once the proposed Energy East pipeline connects to it.