Canadian refiners face order to reduce sulphur emissions

Nov 29, 1999 01:00 AM

A massive bill faces operators of refineries, heavy oil upgraders and sour gas plants in Alberta, if the province's energy regulator imposes a blanket order reducing sulphur emissions at the facilities. The Energy and Utilities Board has ordered a full-scale review before deciding whether to eliminate exemptions on plants opened before 1988.
Dave price, manager of environmental services for the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, said the cost of fixing 61 exempt sour gas plants alone would be C$ 450 mm in capital spending and C$ 60 mm a year in operating costs. He said estimates show that less than 90 tonnes of sulphur, or 2 % of the province's total sulphur emissions, would actually be removed if the EUB ordered a total upgrade.
Meanwhile, Price said, an alliance of industry and environmental groups has made good progress in reducing sulphur emissions on a voluntary basis. A Petro-Canada spokesman said his company will file a response once it has calculated the costs of more stringent controls.
A spokesman for the Pembina Institute, an Alberta-based environmental think-tank, said his organisation hopes the EUB will remove any pre-1988 exemptions. He said the regulator should set tougher rules for all facilities when they apply for licence renewals, expansions or modifications.

Source: IINX via Iinoil
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