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Chevron looks to unload more Western Canada assets to bolster cash reserves

Chevron Canada is testing the waters for a possible sale of its non-core refining and marketing assets in Western Canada, including its refinery in Burnaby, B.C.

Burnaby refinery up for grabs after 2 gas storage facilities sold

Chevron has asked for expressions of interest on its 57,000-barrel-a-day Burnaby refinery, but says no final decision has been made to sell. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)

Chevron Canada is testing the waters for a possible sale of its non-core refining and marketing assets in Western Canada, including its refinery in Burnaby, B.C.

A company spokesman said Friday that Chevron has asked for expressions of interest on the company's 57,000-barrel-a-day refinery as well as its marketing assets, but that no final decision has been made to sell.

The request for interest does not cover Chevron's lubricants business, its stake in the Kitimat LNG project, or upstream producing assets, the spokesman said.

The potential sales follow Chevron's off-loading of two gas storage facilities in B.C., including Aitken Creek — the largest in the province — to Fortis for $266 million US earlier this spring.

Chevron says the sales are part of its target to bring in between $5 billion and $10 billion from asset sales over the next two years to generate needed cash and streamline its portfolio.

Rumoured Suncor sale

On Friday, Reuters reported that Suncor Energy was looking to auction off its Petro-Canada lubricants division in Ontario in a sale that could bring in about $800 million.

A Suncor spokeswoman declined to comment on the rumoured sale but said the company has disclosed that it is looking to divest some non oil-producing assets.

The company said in its latest quarterly update that it expects the non-producing asset sales to bring in between $1 billion and $1.5 billion over the next year.