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27th February downstream news update: Canada, USA and Europe

Hydrocarbon Engineering,


Cliffs Natural resources stopped work on its US$ 3.3 billion development in 2013 due to a number of major hurdles. These included a lack of agreements with First Nations in the area, and a lost appeal to the Ontario Mining Commission late last year that would have allowed the company an easement on the property to begin planning the necessary infrastructure.

When asked recently about the future of the planned refinery in Capreol, Michael Gravelle, Ontario’s Minister of Northern Development and Mines, said the province needs to make decisions on transportation and infrastructure in the Ring of Fire before it can move on to proposed projects like the refinery.



CITGO Lemont refinery employees recently visited Old Quarry Middle School to present information on the refining process, environmental stewardship and career opportunities within the petroleum industry to more than 300 eighth grade students.

On 17th January, CITGO Lemont refinery employees Jim Lant, Air Compliance Programs Coordinator, and Brian Rimbo, Emergency Planning and response Manager, met with students to discuss their real world experience with environmental protection, personal lab safety, health, chemistry and engineering. During the presentation, students participated in interactive demonstrations and experiments and received environmentally friendly flashlights courtesy of CITGO.


United Refining Company will be shutting down its entire facility for up to 10 weeks for upgrades.

This will mean that 800 to 1000 workers will be in town during the shutdown and that means increased business for restaurants, hotels and motels in the city of Warren.

The refinery will begin its shutdown on 1st March and the entire plant will be offline by 19th March.

If all goes according to plan upgrades should be finished by 19th April.


UNITE is taking legal action against the owner of the Grangemouth refinery over allegations concerning the ‘leaking’ of confidential emails.

UNITE said Ineos had questions to answer over how emails appeared in newspapers last year during a dispute at the refinery.

The union said it had reported Ineos to the Information Commissioner and has started High Court action against the company.

Edited from various sources by Emma McAleavey.

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