Suncor Sarnia refinery communications
Located along the St. Clair River in Sarnia-Lambton, the Sarnia refinery has been an important part of local industry for the past 65 years.
The refinery is an 85,000 barrel per day operation that produces gasoline, kerosene, jet and diesel fuels, asphalt and petrochemical feedstock.
In 2007, a major capital upgrade enabled the refinery to meet low sulphur fuel standards and integrate oil sands feedstock. The Sarnia refinery is a significant contributor to Ontario’s fuel supply.
We are committed to meeting the expectations of our local stakeholders and this page will help us share more information about our operations and activities which is an important part of our ongoing engagement with the community.
Additionally, you can learn more about our commitment to generate economic growth, promote social well-being and minimize environmental impacts in all areas where we operate through our Suncor Connections newsletter and our Report on Sustainability.
Technical standards to manage air pollution
In July, 2017 the Sarnia refinery registered to the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change’s (MOECC) Technical Standards Registry under Ontario Regulation 419/05. This Industry Technical Standard, commonly referred to as the Benzene Technical Standard, is specific to Petroleum Refineries in Ontario and aims to minimize benzene emissions.
Property Line Monitoring is required by the Benzene Technical Standard and provides a means for measuring progress in other required programs aimed at minimizing benzene emissions. These programs include requirements to minimize benzene emissions from storage tanks, equipment leaks, sewage treatment operations and at product loading locations.
The Sarnia refinery has 12 monitoring locations across the site which have been approved by the MOECC for the purposes of the Benzene Technical Standard. The sampling equipment and methodology were derived during a collaborative project undertaken with the MOECC, Sarnia Environmental Association (SLEA), local stakeholders and five neighboring industries. For more information on this project and the air sampling methodology, please check out the Suncor Connections article: Piloting a new way to monitor air quality.
Beginning in January 2018, the Sarnia refinery will be conducting air sampling every two weeks as required by the Benzene Technical Standard. Within 60 days of the sampling, the results will be posted to this website. A data summary of the first 10 months of the monitoring program can be found in the Suncor Connections article: Sarnia Refinery property line monitoring program in full swing.
View of the monitoring locations:
View of the surrounding area: