Co-op Refinery Complex
The Co-op Refinery Complex (CRC) aims to be a recognized leader in safety, reliability and sustainability within the petroleum-refining industry. From eight enterprising farmers who believed they could produce and distribute their own gas in 1935, the CRC has grown to become one of Canada’s largest integrated refining and upgrading complexes.
The Wastewater Improvement Project (WIP) is a $200-million project that gives the CRC the capability of reusing its wastewater for the purpose of steam production – the only refinery in North America to have that capability. The WIP reduces freshwater consumption by 28 per cent, which is the equivalent of 3,100 households in Regina.
Since its inception in 2016, the environmental mega-project has become an award-winning and industry-leading initiative fueled by the CRC’s commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship.
The CRC operates on 800 acres in northeast Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. The facility is large economic driver in the city employing more than 1,000 people and reinvesting millions of dollars for capital and annual maintenance projects.
The CRC distributes up to 17 million litres of fuel every day to Co-op Gas Bars and Cardlocks throughout Western Canada. It fuels consumers and industry – including agriculture and transportation.
The CRC processes up to 130,000 barrels of crude oil every day. It can process three types of crude oil: sour crude, sweet synthetic crude and heavy crude.
Processed crude is used to produce gasoline, diesel, propane, butane, sulphur, heavy fuel oil, smelting grade coke and asphalt.
The CRC also blends and distributes packaged private-label oil and lubricant products, such as motor oil.
Formerly known as Consumers’ Co-operative Refineries Limited, the refinery began processing 500 barrels of crude oil per day in May 1935.
A catalytic cracking unit was added in 1951 to produce gasoline out of low-value petroleum and the first heavy-oil upgrader in Canada came on stream in 1988.
Completed in 2012, a $3 billion expansion project, the largest capital project in Saskatchewan history at the time, increased capacity to 130,000 barrels per day.
The CRC is committed to protecting the health, safety and well-being of all employees and the community. By consistently implementing industry best practices, CRC is strengthening its safety culture. Achieving excellence and integrating safety into all aspects of business drives positive outcomes across the entire business.
The CRC strives to be a leader in environmental compliance and works with industry partners to maintain and set new standards. There are numerous air quality monitoring stations throughout Regina to measure air quality and ensure the CRC is meeting provincial legislation.
The CRC has built the Wastewater Improvement Project (WIP), an award-winning $200 million environmental megaproject which will allow the CRC to become the first refinery in North America to recycle 65% of its wastewater.
The Wastewater Improvement Project (WIP) was singled out as an industry-leading environmental initiative at the Saskatchewan Association of Watersheds Annual Conference.
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.