Location: St. Clair Parkway, about 10 kilometres south of Sarnia between Froomfield and Corunna
Employees: 350 full-time employees
Capacity: 75,000 barrels of crude oil daily
Products: Gasoline, distillates, liquid petroleum gas, heavy oils, pure chemicals, solvents
Originally built in 1952 by Canadian Oil Companies Limited, the refinery became part of Shell’s operations in 1963 when Shell purchased Canadian Oil.
Since then, we have completed numerous upgrades, modernized the equipment and added new facilities and technology to meet current product regulations and environmental legislation.
Shell continues to invest in its facilities to ensure they comply with all new federal regulations and environmental best practices. To meet new federal regulations for ultra low sulphur diesel that come into effect on June 1, 2006, SMC signed a 20-year agreement with Suncor Energy Products Inc. The agreement saw Suncor designing, constructing, and operating a hydrotreater, which is used by both Shell and Suncor to reduce the amount of sulphur in diesel from both refineries. Operating one hydrotreater results in environmental benefits for the Sarnia area.
In 2002, Shell became the first nation-wide refiner capable of producing low sulphur gasoline when it started up its gasoline hydrotreater. We continue to upgrade refinery components in order to meet or exceed government regulations. In addition to following Shell's own rigorous health, safety and environmental management systems, SMC has received the ISO 14001 environmental management accreditation from the International Standards Organization.
As part of Shell's ongoing commitment to sustainable development, we continue to support Lambton County community groups including United Way, Lambton College, the St. Clair Township, Bluewater Health, First Nations initiatives and a number of grassroots environmental projects. The company also recognizes employees and retirees who regularly volunteer with community organizations through the Shell Community Service Fund.
To contact the Shell Sarnia Manufacturing Centre Community Liaison Officer, please call 519-481-1850.