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Summary Information

  • Ownership: Consumers' Co-operative Refineries Limited
  • Website:
  • Location: Regina Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Capacity: 7.5 million tons/annum & 145,000 bbl/day
  • Nelson Complexity:

Refining Units

  • Crude Oil Unit
  • Vacuum Distillation Unit
  • Fluidised Catalytic Cracker
  • Prime-G+ unit - 14,000

Terminal Capacity

  • Crude Oil:
  • Refined Products:

Crude Supply

  • Canadian Crude

Products Produced

  • -

Ongoing Projects

  • An expansion project is underway that includes the addition of a grassroots fluid catalytic cracker complex, new storage facilities, and the revamp of several of the existing refinery process units and utility systems.
  • For details see Consumers Cooperative Refineries Ltd Project

Other Information

  • In recent years CCRL has implemented many projects to improve operational efficiency and meet product quality requirements for ultra-low sulphur fuels.


  • 1935 - On May 27, the world’s first Co-operative Refinery went “on stream” as a 500 barrels-per-day Skimming Plant.
  • 1939 - CCRL signed a contract to build a Cracking Plant, which expanded production to 1,500 barrels per day.
  • 1944 - CCRL and the Saskatchewan Co-operative Wholesale Society merged under the name Saskatchewan Federated Co-operatives Limited.
  • 1951 - On August 24, CCRL expanded to 5,000 barrels per day.
  • 1954 - Production more than doubled to 12,000 barrels per day, with the addition of the Catalytic Cracker and several other processing units.
  • 1974 - Refinery production had grown to 28,000 barrels per day. A phased $30 million expansion program was announced to bring the capacity up to 50,000 barrels per day.
  • 1985 - Construction began on the $700 million NewGrade Energy Incorporated Heavy Oil Upgrader. This was a jointly owned venture between CCRL and the Saskatchewan government.
  • 1988 - In November the integrated Co-op Refinery-Upgrader Complex went “on stream”.
  • 2003 - Construction was completed on the Refinery Expansion Project, increasing the typical crude processing rates of CCRL from 55,000 barrels per day to over 90,000 barrels per day.
  • 2007 - CCRL purchased the Saskatchewan government's share of the NewGrade Energy Incorporated Heavy Oil Upgrader and the Complex became 100% co-operatively owned.
  • 2008 - The CCRL Board of Directors approved another Expansion Project and associated revamps.
  • 2012 - Expansion project completed
  • 2013 - Expansion officially opened as last investments completed
  • 2013 - Major explosion and fire - No casualties

Relevant Links

  1. Consumers’ Co-op Refinery’s Prime-G+ Unit at Six Months Operation
  2. CRC’s Section V in production
  3. Refinery celebrates official opening of expansion
  4. Co-op Refinery Complex Refinery explosion

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