Cost of Living

Refineries near the oilsands and why companies aren't all over it like oil on sands

With all the talk of pipeline capacity, why don't companies just build a gasoline refinery near the Alberta oilsands? It's not that simple.

The business decisions behind gasoline refinery locations

The Edmonton-area "refinery row" is pictured in Dec. 2019, east of the city. (David Bajer/CBC)

With all the talk of pipeline capacity, why don't companies just build a refinery near the Alberta oilsands?

  • CBC Radio's business and economics show, Cost of Living, is in a new timeslot on CBC Radio One starting FRIDAY, JANUARY 3, 2020 at 11:30 a.m.

We explain the economics of gasoline refineries and why it's not that simple — or as good of an idea as it might sound.

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