Vancouver firm pitches "world's greenest" refinery for west Canada coast

Privately-held Pacific Future Energy Corp. says it is in the early stages of planning a $10B oil refinery on Canada's west coast that it claims would be "the world’s greenest refinery” and built in full partnership with British Columbia's First Nations, many of whom are strongly opposed to proposals to ship crude to the west coast for export.

Canada's government is poised to decide whether to approve Enbridge's (ENB) Northern Gateway pipeline project, which would require huge tankers full of heavy oil to navigate the rough waters of the Douglas Channel on their way out into the Pacific.

The Pacific Future proposal would mean refined products, rather than heavy oil, would be shipped on tankers to Asia, making any potential spill much less environmentally damaging.

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  • rcastilloarguello
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    Sounds like another iteration of the same "dream" Western refinery we've heard before. What is different about this one, and why and which First Nations would support this particular project?
    10 Jun 2014, 09:51 PM Reply Like
  • Blue22
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    Why would First Nations support a refinery, which doesn't use crude? Who knows? We can only guess its a money thing as usual. How about transporting gas from Alberta and other areas to the West Coast to be refined into LNG and smaller pipelines to ship propane to Asia? Modern pipelines transporting raw gas products have little danger of any problems at all!


    If Canada and the US would invest in LNG processing ships, which can pull up to docks and start processing in a few days! Our refineries are not new to making synthetic oils. Many versions of non petroleum and recycled products have been made for years and in much of the US are in your gas and other products now!
    11 Jun 2014, 03:42 PM Reply Like
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