Nanticoke Refinery

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Nanticoke Refinery
Nanticoke Refinery is located in Ontario
Nanticoke Refinery
Location of the Nanticoke Refinery in Ontario
Coordinates42°49′59″N 80°02′45″W / 42.832926°N 80.045764°W / 42.832926; -80.045764Coordinates: 42°49′59″N 80°02′45″W / 42.832926°N 80.045764°W / 42.832926; -80.045764
Refinery details
OperatorImperial Oil
Owner(s)Imperial Oil, ExxonMobil
Commissioned1978 (1978)
Capacity112,000 bbl/d (17,800 m3/d)
No. of employees300
Refining unitsalkylation, distillation of crude oil, hydrocracking, reforming catalytic, cracking catalytic, desulphuration, hydrofining
No. of oil tanks53
Oil refining centerNanticoke

The Nanticoke Refinery is an oil refinery in Nanticoke, Ontario, Canada. It is operated by Imperial Oil, a subsidiary of ExxonMobil. The refuels primarily go to Esso gas stations in Canada and to other oil companies' distribution networks in Canada and the United States.


Nanticoke refinery was originally built by Texaco Canada on the site of the former RCAF Station Jarvis.[1][2] It started production on November 17, 1978. In 1987, the refinery went through modifications to improve efficiency. Imperial Oil became an owner of the refinery when it purchased Texaco's Canadian assets in 1989.

In 2004, a new gasoline hydrofining unit was built to treat gasoline ingredients from the Nanticoke and Sarnia refineries, followed by the second unit in 2006. A new desulphurization unit was commissioned in 2006.

In February 2007, a combination of a fire at the Nanticoke refinery and a strike at CN resulted in a shortage of gasoline at Esso stations in Ontario, which also drove up prices to more than a dollar a liter.[3]

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  1. ^ "Nanticoke Refinery: A Report to our Neighbors" (PDF). Imperial Oil. August 2007. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  2. ^ "Nanticoke Refinery: 2007 Report to Our Neighbors" (PDF). Imperial Oil. September 2008. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  3. ^ John Burman (2007-02-12). "Nanticoke derailment forces evacuation". The Hamilton Spectator. Teamsters Canada Rail Conference. Archived from the original on 2011-07-06. Retrieved 2009-08-11.

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