Imperial's Sarnia refinery to reduce SO2 emissions by more than 50 percent



    New unit will cost over $100 million to construct

    SARNIA, ON, Sept. 29 /CNW/ - Imperial Oil announced today it will
construct a Tail Gas Clean-Up unit at its Sarnia refinery to increase sulphur
product recovery and reduce the site's SO2 emissions. The unit will involve an
investment of over $100-million and is expected to take approximately
16 months to build.
    The new Tail Gas Clean-Up unit uses ExxonMobil Flexsorb(R) technology, a
high efficiency process that will increase overall product sulphur recovery at
the sulphur recovery units to more than 99.5%. This new sulphur recovery
facility, together with operational enhancements at the refinery, will enable
the site to reduce its SO2 emissions by more than 50 percent and meet Ontario
regulations.
    Site preparation work began in August and construction is anticipated to
be completed by the end of 2009. A peak labour force of 150 skilled trades
people from local contracting firms is expected to work on the project during
the construction period.
    "Imperial Oil is committed to continuously improving our operations to
reduce our emissions. This significant investment will recover more sulphur
out of the production process thereby reducing our environmental footprint,"
said Jim Strasser, Project Executive, Refining Air Emissions Projects,
Refining and Supply.
    "We recognize that air quality is of concern to the local community,"
says Karen Tyrone, Imperial's refinery manager. "The reduction in SO2
emissions as a result of this project will contribute to improving the
region's air quality."

    Imperial Oil is Canada's largest integrated oil company and its largest
refiner of petroleum products. Imperial Oil has four refineries in Canada:
Dartmouth, NS; Nanticoke, ON; Sarnia, ON; and Strathcona, AB.




For further information:

For further information: Media inquiries should be directed to: Kim Fox,
Imperial Oil, Public Affairs, (403) 237-2710


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