Annual Turnaround Maintenance is now underway at Regina`s Co-op Refinery.
The Maintenance is done to ensure the refineries equipment is working, which ensures the safety of employees.
Spokesperson Brad DeLorey says there will be a big economic impact from the turnaround maintenance.
“Turnaround creates an additional 1300 additional jobs, so we’re bringing 2200 people onto our site,” DeLorey says. “These are people that are coming from all over Western Canada, they’re staying in our hotels, eating in our restaurants, and much of the equipment that we source for a project like this is done locally, so there’s a huge economic spin-off in all areas of this.”
Brad DeLorey says safety is a number one concern for the refinery for both workers and residents.
“Turnarounds have a great deal of activity, so we ensure everyone coming on site gets the proper orientation and safety training before they come on site,” DeLorey says. “Obviously, our neighbors are important to us, and we’ve outreached the community of Uplands, who are going to deal with increased traffic flows, really educating people on what turnaround is and what those peak times are, (as well as) working with the Regina Police Service, and traffic control.”
Turnaround Maintenance will be taking place until May 7th.