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Summary Information

  • Ownership: Braya Renewable Fuels
  • Website:
  • Location: Newfoundland, Canada
  • Capacity: 6.75 million tons/annum & 115,000 bbl/day
  • Nelson Complexity:
  • Refining Depth:

Brief Description

  • The North Atlantic refinery is a 115,000 barrel per day hydrocracking refinery, optimally configured to process medium sour crude oil (24-34° API, 1-3% sulphur). As a Clean Fuels refinery, 100% of North Atlantic’s gasoline and ultra low sulphur diesel (ULSD) products meet or exceed current and future anticipated environmentally driven specifications.

Refining Units

Terminal Capacity

  • Crude Oil:
  • Refined Products:

Crude Supply

  • The refinery purchases and processes a medium gravity, sour grade of crude oil which is very similar in quality to the oil that Harvest produces in western Canada
  • The company can economically source crude oil and other feedstock from numerous locations, including the Middle East, Latin America and Russia

Products Produced

  • Able to produce 100% RBOB gasoline and 100% ULSD (current ULSD product meets 2010 Euro 5 standards)

Ongoing Projects

  • In 2011, the refinery will be debottlenecked to increase capacity to 120,000 bpd
  • Harvest energy is considering a major upgrade and expansion of the refinery
  • See Come By Chance Refinery Expansion Project
  • Conversion to a biorefinery

Other Information

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  • 1974 - Refinery Commissioned
  • 1990 - Hydrocracker commissioned
  • 2006 - Refinery purchased by Harvest Energy
  • 2008 - Visbreaker Debottlenecking project completed
  • 2009 - Harvest energy aquired by KNOC
  • 2014 - Refinery aquired by SilverRange and operated as North Atlantic Refining Ltd (NARL)
  • 2020 - Irving agree to buy NARL.
  • 2020 - Sale to Irving collapses, and the refinery is permanently closed.
  • 2021 - Site is purchased by Braya (owned by Cresta Fund Mgmt), and a project to convert to a biorefinery begins.
  • 2024 - Commissioning of the biorefinery.

Relevant Links

  1. Harvest Energy Refining & Marketing
  2. Harvest Eenergy Investment Opportunities
  3. Harvest Energy Trust Agrees to C$4.1 Billion Sale to Korea National Oil Corporation
  4. Harvest Operations Announces Sale of Newfoundland Refinery and Related Marketing and Retail Operations
  5. Irving Oil inks deal to buy NARL’s Come-by-Chance refinery, other assets

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