Irving Oil announces major refinery turnaround – $190-million investment will bring an additional 2,300 skilled workers on site
SAINT JOHN, NB – On September 17, Irving Oil will begin one of its largest turnaround projects in several years at its Saint John refinery. Operation Ram represents a private investment of $190 million, with the maintenance project focusing on the continued safe, sustainable and reliable operations of Canada’s largest refinery.
This annual investment represents one of the largest private capital investments in Atlantic Canada. Operation Ram is scheduled to take seven weeks, employing an additional 2,300 skilled workers, the majority of which will come from communities throughout New Brunswick and the rest of Atlantic Canada. This influx into the Saint John area will generate significant direct and indirect benefits to the regional economy, including boosts to short-term accommodations, recreation services, restaurants, as well as retail and other sectors.
“Turnarounds take years of logistical planning, and we appreciate the work of our people and our partners to make a project of this scope successful,” said Kevin Scott, Irving Oil’s Chief Refining and Supply Officer. “This is more than an investment in the refinery, it is an investment in our people and our region. Our turnarounds are critical to continue the reliability of our business for our customers and the energy security of the communities we serve, as well as for our teams and the tradespeople we welcome to our facility for the duration of the project.”
The dedicated workforce of Operation Ram will focus on performing this scheduled work safely and efficiently, while maintaining a reliable facility. To learn more about the Irving Oil’s sustainability goals and evolution for the future, please explore its 2022 Report on Sustainability at irvingoil.com/sustainability.
About Irving Oil:
Irving Oil is a family-owned and privately held international energy company. For nearly 100 years, our commitment to doing good business has been grounded in our commitment to people – to our employees, customers, communities and partners. Founded in 1924, our mission is focused on our continued evolution to meet the changing needs of our customers. Specializing in the refining and marketing of finished energy products, we operate Canada’s largest refinery in Saint John, New Brunswick, and Ireland’s only refinery, located in the village of Whitegate. We proudly serve customers with more than 1,000 fuelling locations and a network of distribution terminals spanning Eastern Canada, New England and in Ireland, operating under the Top brand. We are on a continuous journey of sustainable development, working to reduce our environmental footprint while continuing to provide safe and reliable energy to our customers. Named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for seven consecutive years, we are proud of our team and our longstanding commitment to our customers and our communities. Learn more at www.irvingoil.com.