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Irving Oil to conduct $200 million maintenance project for Saint John refinery


SAINT JOHN, N.B. – Almost 3,000 temporary jobs will be created in New Brunswick this fall during a large maintenance and upgrade project at the Irving Oil refinery in Saint John.

The company has announced the $200 million project, called Operation Falcon, will begin September 16 and last 60 days.

The majority of the pipefitters, electricians, boiler makers, and other skilled workers will be hired from within New Brunswick, while about 10 per cent will come from other parts of Atlantic Canada and beyond.

Irving Oil president, Ian Whitcolm says the project signals the company’s long-term commitment to the economic future of Saint John and the rest of the region.

The company says the project will generate $27 million in direct spinoff benefits for Saint John while the work is underway.

The Irving Oil refinery opened in 1960 and produces more than 300,000 barrels of refined product each day.

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