- Friday, 19 February 2010
- Dimitri Gallos
On 7th January, Royal Dutch Shell PLC announced its plans to shut down its refinery in East Montreal. Shell intends to transform the refinery, which currently produces 130,000 barrels a day, into a fuel terminal. The conversion will take roughly a year according to a spokesperson for the company. After the conversion, the Montreal East facility will receive gasoline, diesel, and aviation fuel (most likely from Europe), which will continue to be distributed through Shell's nearby terminal in Montreal. This would be the second major oil refinery in Canada to close after Petro Canada shut down their Oakville refinery in 2005. The union that represents workers at the Shell refinery has already sounded the alarm that the company is trying to close down the plant in July.