August 03, 2005 07:00 ET

Bantrel Achieves Safety Milestone at Petro-Canada Edmonton Refinery

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 3, 2005) - Bantrel today announced it has achieved two million hours of work without a lost time injury on Petro-Canada's Edmonton Diesel Desulphurization (EDD) project.

The EDD Project is part of Petro-Canada's commitment to meeting the new federal government regulations limiting sulphur content in diesel fuels to 15 parts per million after mid-2006. Bantrel is providing engineering, procurement and construction services for the desulphurization unit, utilities and offsites and an automation upgrade for plant control systems. The EDD work began in August 2003 and is scheduled for completion in February 2006.

"I'd like to thank the team, including all of our employees, contractors, Petro-Canada employees and the trades people working on the Petro-Canada EDD project," said Paul Lovell, Bantrel's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Their support and participation has resulted in the project reaching two million hours to date without a lost time injury, which is truly a significant achievement on any construction site, but it is particularly outstanding on a project as challenging and complex as the Petro-Canada EDD Project."

Mr. Lovell said the successful execution of the EDD project to date was one of the factors that helped Bantrel win the majority of work for the next major modification at the Petro-Canada refinery. This Refinery Conversion Project (RCP), will enable Petro-Canada's best-in-class Edmonton refinery to upgrade and refine oil sands bitumen. It is planned that by 2008, the refinery will be on a full oil sands "diet" -- processing bitumen-based feedstock into gasoline, diesel and other consumer end products.

At the end of 2004, Bantrel was awarded the front-end engineering and detailed engineering, procurement and construction for Petro-Canada's RCP project at the company's Edmonton refinery. This significant project award includes facilities and infrastructure at the plant in Edmonton, the integrated crude vacuum unit, the delayed coker facility, the revamp of a number of existing refinery process units, and offsites and utilities.

Bantrel, with offices in Calgary, Edmonton and Toronto is one of Canada's leading Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) companies. Bantrel provides quality project management and execution services to the petroleum, petrochemical and power generation industries across Canada.

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