From the Saint John refinery to Coleson Cove Generating Station
Hours of operation:
24/7, 365 days a year
At Irving Oil, safety is a core value and is fundamental to how we operate our business every day. We always strive to do the right things, in the right ways, at all times for our employees, our communities and the environment.
About the Lorneville pipeline
Irving Oil operates one bunker line which runs from our Saint John refinery to Coleson Cove Generating Station – a distance of about 22 kilometres. The line is located mostly underground.
Products handled in this pipeline include:
- Middle Distillate Hydrocarbons such as heating oil or diesel
- Heavy Distillate Hydrocarbons such as bunker fuel
The following section outlines the potential effects of this substance in the unlikely event of an emergency.
- Middle Distillate Hydrocarbons can release vapours that can form flammable mixtures and can cause eye, skin, gastrointestinal, and respiratory irritation. They may be harmful if inhaled, and can contaminate soil and water if released to the environment.
- Bunker fuel is an odorous substance that is combustible. Inhalation of vapours may be harmful and cause dizziness. It can contaminate soil and water if released to the environment.
Our safety commitment
Irving Oil has a rigorous emergency management program in place to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from incidents. Across our operations, these plans are part of our standard procedures. Regarding our Lorneville pipeline, our emergency management plans are based, primarily, on prevention, with equipment inspection and maintenance programs in place. In addition, employees are trained in detailed operating and emergency procedures with a constant focus on safe and efficient operations.
In the unlikely event of an emergency along our Lorneville pipeline, we wish to share the following information with our neighbours.
Irving Oil’s website and social media is the best place to find the latest information about our operations:
If you become aware of an incident, please contact 506.202.3000. If there is a fire or major issue, please call 911.
In the unlikely event of an emergency along the pipeline, Irving Oil will notify local authorities immediately, and work proactively to help protect public safety. Please follow instructions provided by your local authorities. If an incident has occurred, please refrain from visiting the area. It is possible that you may smell an odour; this does not always signify danger.
The Saint John Fire Department and Saint John Emergency Management Organization will follow internal protocols in the event of an emergency on the pipeline. If you become aware of an incident, please call 911.
The Saint John Emergency Management Organization offers an Emergency Alert Service that allows residents to be notified by email or phone of a potential emergency. In order to receive notification through this service, please visit saintjohn.ca or contact the City of Saint John at 506.658.2910.
Please note that Irving Oil will not provide instructions on matters of public safety such as evacuation protocols as this is the jurisdiction of the local authorities.
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