Irving Oil’s Saint John refinery due maintenance

Irving Oil Ltd. will undertake annual fall turnaround activities starting on Sept. 26 at it 300,000-b/d St. John refinery in the eastern Canadian province of New Brunswick.

Known as Operation Red Fox, this year’s turnaround will last for 6 weeks and require an investment of about $135 million (Can.), Irving Oil said.

The turnaround, which will involve 2,400 workers, will include various maintenance and infrastructure projects aimed at increasing the St. John refinery’s overall efficiency and performance, according to the operator.

The company did not disclose further details regarding the specific units involved in the project or possible impacts to production during the maintenance period.

Last year, Irving Oil executed the largest turnaround in the privately held company’s history at the St. John refinery (OGJ Online, Aug. 20, 2015).

The $200-million (Can.) Operation Falcon involved a series of substantial upgrades to numerous unidentified units as part of a program to improve overall safety, reliability, and long-term competitiveness of the refinery.

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