Historical Firsts

K.C. Irving with his sons, Jack Irving (left) and Arthur Irving (right), reviewing plans for the Irving Canaport Terminal.

Historical Firsts

Since 1924, our company’s history of long-term relationships with all stakeholders has led us to achieve several industry benchmarks. Among our “firsts” are:

A History of Firsts

  • The first and only Canadian refinery to be recognized by Hart World Fuels as “Refinery of the Year”
  • The first oil company to receive the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Air Excellence Award
  • The first Canadian oil company to offer customers high octane gasoline without the use of lead additives
  • The first deepwater port with a single buoy mooring in the Western Hemisphere, Irving Canaport Terminal
  • The first and only refinery on the East Coast of North America to receive crude oil from The Acropolis, an Ultra Large Crude Carrier (ULCC)
  • The first Canadian oil company to own and operate double-hulled tankers
  • The first Canadian oil company to offer customers low-sulphur gasoline, five years ahead of regulation
  • The first Canadian oil company to offer customers low-sulphur diesel ahead of regulation
  • The first refinery in Canada to regenerate sulphuric acid onsite for use in the refining process, as part of producing low sulphur fuels for customers