Dartmouth Refinery

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Dartmouth Refinery
Dartmouth Refinery is located in Nova Scotia
Dartmouth Refinery
Location of the Dartmouth Refinery in Nova Scotia
Country Canada
Province Nova Scotia
City Dartmouth
Coordinates 44°38′34.8″N 63°31′54.9″W / 44.643000°N 63.531917°W / 44.643000; -63.531917Coordinates: 44°38′34.8″N 63°31′54.9″W / 44.643000°N 63.531917°W / 44.643000; -63.531917
Refinery details
Operator Imperial Oil
Owner(s) Imperial Oil
Commissioned 1918 (1918)
Decommissioned 2013
Capacity 89,000 bbl/d (14,100 m3/d)
Number of employees 200
Number of oil tanks 88
Oil refining center Halifax

The Dartmouth Refinery is a closed oil refinery in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, owned by Imperial Oil. It is located on the eastern side of Halifax Harbour, and the crude oil arrives via ship. It covers some 400 hectares (990 acres) south of central Dartmouth, with the neighbourhood around it being known as Imperoyal.

History[edit]

The refinery was founded in 1918, in part to meet the burgeoning needs of the First World War. It played an important role in the Second World War, providing the fuel for much of the Allied North Atlantic fleet. The site was originally the site of Fort Clarence, one of the forts guarding the harbour against attack.

On July 21, 2011 the refinery had to be temporarily shut down due to damage sustained during an electrical storm. Scheduled maintenance was moved ahead to coincide with the repairs. Meanwhile some fuel suppliers in the refinery's service area closed down due to a lack of supply and the wholesale price for gasoline in New York rose marginally.[1][2]

Closing[edit]

On June 19, 2013 Imperial Oil announced that the company is converting their Dartmouth Refinery to a marine terminal planned for later in 2013 .[3] As a result sales of Bunker fuel to commercial shippers in the Port of Halifax will be will phased out,[4] asphalt and the production of butane and propane will end.[5]

Refinery details[edit]

The refinery processed some 89,000 barrels per day (14,100 m3/d). It is was of three refineries that supply almost all the heating oil and gasoline to Atlantic Canada, the others being the considerably larger Irving Oil refinery in Saint John, New Brunswick and the Come By Chance Refinery in Newfoundland. The Dartmouth refinery mets most of Nova Scotia's needs and provided oil and gas to all retail stations and bulk terminals in Nova Scotia. The refinery sells exceeded gasoline to the United States market and employed some 200 people.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Paul Burkhardt, "N.Y. Gasoline Strengthens Amid Canadian Refinery Maintenance", Bloomberg, August 2, 2011
  2. ^ Staff, "Pumped dry in Grand Pre", Transcontinental, July 30, 2011
  3. ^ Imperial Oil News Release
  4. ^ Exxon to stop selling sticky fuel to shippers in Halifax CBCNEWS Nova Scotia June 26, 2013
  5. ^ More fallout from Dartmouth oil refinery shutdownCBCNEWS Nova Scotia June 26, 2013

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