Montreal East Refinery (Gulf Oil Canada)

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Montreal East Refinery
View a refinery unit from the Broadway South street in Montréal-Est city
Country Canada
Province Quebec
City Montréal-Est
Coordinates 45°38′01″N 73°31′21″W / 45.63369°N 73.52261°W / 45.63369; -73.52261
Refinery details
Operator Coastal Petrochemical
Owner(s) Coastal Petrochemical
Commissioned 1963 (1963)
Decommissioned 1983
Restart 2003
Capacity 70,000 bbl/d (11,000 m3/d)
Number of employees 75
Refining units alkylation, isomerisation, distillation of crude oil, reforming catalytic, cracking catalytic, thermal catalytic
Oil refining center Montreal

The Montreal East Refinery (Gulf Canada) is a small petrochemical refinery located inside the city of Montréal-Est and inside the Coastal Petrochemical fields. The operator of the refining unit is Coastal Petrochemical (Petrochimie Coastal du Canada).

The refinery was constructed by British-American Oil Company in the 1930s to process crude oil imported from Texas.[1] It was shut down by B/A’s successor company, Gulf Canada, in 1983. Ultramar Canada purchased the 74,000 b/d capacity facility.[2] refinery from Gulf Canada in 1986 and closed it soon after with the loss of 450 jobs. [3] In June 1986 Montreal-based engineering firm Lavalin Inc. announced it was purchasing the refinery and would re-open it.[4] In 1986 the refinery and its 210 000 m2 site was sold to Kemtec Petrochemicals which converted the plant to produce paraxylene. The plant came on line in 1989 and operated until 1991. That year Kemtec filed for bankruptcy. The site was determined to be heavily contaminated and, facing potentially large clean-up costs, all creditors of the company except the Government of Quebec declined to take over the property.

In 1994 the refinery was purchased by Coastal Canada Petroleum, Inc., (CCP) a subsidiary of Houston-based Coastal Corporation, for USD $1.2 million.[5] CCP acquired the processing equipment, entered into a long-term lease for the site, and agreed to make payments to an environmental trust fund for remediation of the contaminated site.

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References[edit] OTTAWA -- Coastal Corp. has paid just US$1.2 million to take the bankrupt Kemtec oil refinery in Montreal off the hands of the Quebec provincial government. Coastal also pledged to invest up to $14.5 million to upgrade the polluting refinery on Montreal's east side that was shut down in 1991 after it was abandoned by Lavalin Inc., a Quebec engineering firm. The Quebec government was left with the refinery that was originally valued at $200 million and had employed 300 people. Coastal will not have to pay $33 million Lavalin owed to the Quebec government. Coastal also insisted that it will not assume any responsibility for the heavily contaminated land and ground water around the refinery because it is only buying the equipment and signing a 40- year lease for the property from the government for $1. …