Irving Oil signs McCain Foods as delivered natural gas customer in NB and Maine

For the first time, NB industrial customers will have access to trucked natural gas, providing them with energy cost savings

SAINT JOHN, March 5, 2013 /CNW/ - Irving Oil announced today that it has signed an agreement with McCain Foods, making it Irving Oil's newest natural gas industrial customer, and the first in New Brunswick to receive compressed natural gas (CNG) delivered by trucks.

"We are extremely pleased to be working with McCain Foods," said Darren Gillis, General Manager of Irving Energy. "The availability of natural gas for industrial customers in the Maritimes and Maine means good news for these companies as well as for our region's economy."

Jean-Pierre Rajotte, Vice President, Manufacturing, North America of McCain Foods (Canada), said, "The switch to natural gas will help our plants remain competitive with other regions. In New Brunswick, the high cost of energy makes it difficult to compete with plants in other regions, which have access to lower-cost energy alternatives.  This will help level the playing field.  In addition, natural gas is a cleaner fuel, so it will help reduce our environmental footprint."

Large customers such as manufacturing facilities, hospitals, and universities require large quantities of energy to sustain operations. Irving Oil's entrance into the delivered natural gas business provides energy alternatives for these major customers.

About Irving Oil - Irving Oil was founded in 1924 and is a privately owned regional refining and marketing company with a history of long-term partnerships and relationships. Irving Oil operates Canada's largest refinery, in Saint John, NB, which is located 65 miles north of the US border and has reached production rates in excess of 300,000 barrels per day. The refinery exports over 80 per cent of its production to the US and accounts for 75 per cent of Canada's gasoline exports to the US and 19 per cent of all US gasoline imports. In 2003, Irving Oil became the first oil company to receive a US Environmental Protection Agency Clean Air Excellence Award, for its clean gasoline. For more information about Irving Oil, visit www.irvingoil.com.

Image with caption: "Irving Energy's General Manager Darren Gillis stands before compressed natural gas truck. Irving Oil announced today that it has signed an agreement with McCain Foods, making it Irving Oil's newest natural gas industrial customer, and the first in New Brunswick to receive compressed natural gas (CNG) delivered by trucks. (CNW Group/Irving Oil Operations Ltd.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130305_C2281_PHOTO_EN_24271.jpg

SOURCE: Irving Oil Operations Ltd.

For further information:

Carolyn Van der Veen, Irving Oil
(506) 202-1869
carolyn.vanderveen@irvingoil.com

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