Company plans on $10 billion refinery on north coast

Pacific Future Energy has proposed a $10 billion refinery somewhere on B.C.'s north coast.

Pacific Future Energy has announced a proposed $10 billion oil refinery which they promise to be the world’s greenest.

The “near zero net carbon” emission refinery will be developed in partnership with First Nations groups, the company said an a news release this morning.

“We believe this is an incredibly unique opportunity to build the greenest refinery in the world and there’s no better place than BC,” said Samer Salameh, Executive Chairman of Pacific Future Energy in a news release. “Our pre-feasibility study has begun, which will analyze the economic, social and environmental aspects of the refinery and help to determine the prospective site and expect to launch our feasibility and regulatory process in the next nine to 12 months.”

The refinery is being designed to be built in modules, each processing 200,000 barrels of bitumen per day. The bitumen would be converted into gasoline, diesel, kerosene and other poducts. When all of the project modules are complete, the facility will process up to 1,000,000 barrels per day, starting with the first phase of 200,000 barrels per day.

Pacific Future Energy joins the race to build a refinery with David Black’s Kitimat Clean proposal, which would process 550,000 barrels of diluted bitumen a day.

Black’s refinery is anticipated to cost $21 billion, with an additional $11 billion to construct a pipeline and tanker fleet.

Both refinery proposals anticipate a direct work force of 3,000.