Sarnia Has A Leg Up For Possible $10-Billion Refinery

Warden Todd Case addresses the crowd at the Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park. August 28, 2014 BlackburnNews.com (Photo by Jake Jeffrey)

Public and private cooperation is needed for a $10-billion refinery to become a reality in Sarnia Lambton.

A team of former Chemical Valley executives has been pushing for a refinery that would create jobs by processing and refining Western bitumen here instead of sending the crude outside of Canada.

A study into the possibility of building it locally was officially announced yesterday at the Bowman Centre at the Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park.

The Canadian Academy of Engineering came up with nine potential sites for bitumen upgraders country-wide, and only one, Sarnia-Lambton, has the necessary pipeline infrastructure currently in place

Bowman Centre associate Walter Petryschuk says  industry has already contributed 130,000 to help pay for a $300,000 pre-feasibility study, but need senior level government to contribute as well

MPP Bob Bailey has already sent a letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne, outlining the project and as well as reaching out to interim Tory leader Jim Wilson.