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Irving Oil to upgrade St. John refinery

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Sept. 11
-- Irving Oil will spend $220 million to upgrade its 250,000-b/d refinery at St. John, NB.

The privately held company said it will spend $170 million to upgrade the resid FCCU and a gasoline desulfurization unit.

When installed in 1998 with capacity of 70,000 b/d, the resid FCCU was the largest such unit in the world.

The refinery has another FCCU fed by vacuum gas oil. Total FCC capacity is 95,000 b/d (OGJ, Dec. 22, 2008, p. 48).

The refinery also has 35,000 b/d of catalytic reforming, 34,000 b/d of hydrocracking, and 92,000 b/d of hydrotreating capacity.

In addition to the FCCU and gasoline desulfurization work, the 60-day project will include general maintenance on other processing units to reduce flaring and fugitive emissions.

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