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Refinery to invest $128 Million in Annual Spring Turnaround

By Danya Cosgrove

April 3, 2019

The Co-op Refinery Complex (CRC) is investing $128 million over the next 45 days as Sections IV and V of the Refinery are taken down for repairs, maintenance and upgrades. The investment helps ensure that the Refinery continues to operate safely and reliably. 

“While the general public is sometimes unaware of Turnaround, it is perhaps one of the most important annual economic events in Regina and area,” said Gil Le Dressay, FCL Vice-President of Refinery Operations. “We invest a significant amount of money in our facility during Turnaround. The jobs created and materials procured generate major economic benefits for our community. That’s something we’re very proud of as an organization because we recognize our role as an economic engine for Regina, the Province of Saskatchewan, and all of Western Canada.”

Turnaround 2019 officially began April 2, 2019 and is scheduled to run for about 45 days.

While a major benefit of Turnaround is the creation of 1,300 additional temporary jobs on-site for the duration of the project, we recognize that more people means increased traffic around the Refinery. The CRC wants to ensure the public is aware that peak traffic hours will occur between 6 and 7 a.m. and 5 and 6 p.m. as workers come and go during shift change.

“With increased traffic we know we must be extra diligent about safety and ensuring we are a good and responsible neighbour. We have engaged the Regina Police Service to support and help direct traffic flow to maintain safe and effective traffic flow around the Refinery, We also know that dust from roadways leading into the Refinery can be a nuisance for the community around us so we’ll ensure we are using dust suppression tactics to mitigate that issue,” said Le Dressay.   

“This is an exciting and dynamic time for all of us at the Refinery, for local vendors and for everyone working in the industrial skilled trades in the Regina area,” he said. “However, it is also a time for heightened safety awareness and detailed planning. We will continue to communicate with the community as we progress through this project.”