The Co-operative Refinery Complex’s story

The Co-operative Refinery Complex’s story

The Co-op Refinery Complex (CRC), fuel’s Western Canada by producing more than 6.0 billion litres of refined petroleum products per year. The gasoline, diesel and petroleum products the CRC produces are distributed to more than 780 Co-op gas bars and card-lock locations across Western Canada. As one of Canada’s largest refineries the CRC provides jobs for more than 1,000 residents in Regina, Sask. 

The history of the CRC is a Western Canadian success story. In the 1930s, during the Great Depression, a group of farmers got tired of paying high prices for fuel and decided there had to be a better way. Eight farmers risked their own money and land to establish their own petroleum refinery to supply what was then a very small chain of Saskatchewan farmer-owned gas stations. Then, the CRC was born.

Fast forward to today.

The CRC:

  • Employs more than 1,000 people and has a base wage payroll of more than $120 million.
  • Produces 130,000 barrels per day refined petroleum products.
  • Cleans more than two million gallons of wastewater every day through its $200 million Wastewater Improvement Project.
  • Contributes to local initiatives and charitable causes the local community. 
  • Refines fuel to be distributed more than 650 retail co-ops.
  • Blends and ships more than 14 million litres of packaged oil products each year.
  • Produces over 100 million litres of propane annually.
  • Ships up to 17 million litres of product per day to Co-op Gas Bars and cardlock facilities throughout Western Canada.
  • Through capital expansions and improvements has invested more than $2 billion in the safety and reliability of the Refinery and into Regina’s economy since 2012.
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