Oil Refinery Proposed for Terrace-Kitimat Corridor
Newspaper publisher hopes to build refinery by 2020
A B-C newspaper publisher is proposing to build a 13-billion dollar oil refinery between Kitimat and Terrace, to process any oil transported through the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline.
David Black, the owner of Black Press, has formed a company called Kitimat Clean, which is submitting an Environmental Assessment application for the project.
Black says the plant would process over half-a-million barrels of bitumen a day, separating out diluent which would be returned to Edmonton via Enbridge's secondary pipeline.
The plant would produce 240-thousand barrels of diesel, 100-thousand barrels of gasoline and about 50-thousand of kerosene or aviation fuel.
He says these fuels are much safer to transport by tanker than is heavy crude. He also says a refinery would create ten times more jobs than the proposed export pipeline.
Black hopes to build the plant at the Dubose Industrial Site, with construction beginning in 2014 and wrapping up in 2020. He also proposes building a natural gas cogeneration plant that will provide steam and electric power for the refinery. He acknowledges discussions would have to take place with the Kitselas and Haisla First Nations, but hopes they'd be willing to look at the proposal.