Oakville Refinery (Petro-Canada)

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Not to be confused with Shell Oakville Refinery.
Oakville Refinery
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Petro Canada Oakville Refinery
Country Canada
Province Ontario
City Oakville
Refinery details
Operator Petro-Canada
Owner(s) Petro-Canada
Commissioned 1958 (1958)
Decommissioned 2005
Capacity 90,000 bbl/d (14,000 m3/d)
No. of employees 350
No. of oil tanks 29
Oil refining center Toronto

The Oakville Refinery (also known as Petro Canada Oakville Refinery) was a refinery located on the border of Oakville and Burlington in Ontario, Canada.

The refinery was commissioned in 1958 by Cities Service Company. It had an initial capacity 25,000 barrels per day (4,000 m3/d). In 1963, the refinery was acquired by BP.[1] Later it was acquired by Petro-Canada and supplied fuel in Ontario. It closed in 2005, with Petro-Canada (now Suncor Energy) getting supplies for the Ontario market from its Montreal Refinery.

The facility once employed 350 people and produced some 90,000 barrels per day (14,000 m3/d). Petro-Canada ascribed the decision to new rules requiring lower sulphur content in gasoline, that would have required an expensive retrofit of the refinery. The relatively small and specialized refinery was also less efficient than the larger ones operated elsewhere. The equipment from the refinery was transported to Pakistan where it was re-erected. Suncor Energy (formerly Petro-Canada prior to merger in Aug 2009) still operates from the site as a storage terminal.

It was the third refinery to close along Lake Ontario; Shell's Oakville refinery was closed in 1983, and Esso's Mississauga, Ontario refinery located further east on Lakeshore Road closed in 1985.


  1. ^ Council of British Manufacturers of Petroleum Equipment (1963). Oil & petrochemical equipment news. 10. Council of British Manufacturers of Petroleum Equipment. p. 79. 


Coordinates: 43°23′42″N 79°44′05″W / 43.3949°N 79.7346°W / 43.3949; -79.7346