Province, Chevron to increase ‘ethanol blended gasoline’ on Vancouver Island

The company currently supplies 65 per cent of the Island's transportation fuel needs, according to a Chevron press release.

Chevron Logo.

The Province and Chevron Canada Limited have announced joint plans “to increase the amount of ethanol blended gasoline supplied to Vancouver Island,” detailed in the following press release, issued monday:

This development is in alignment with the BC Government’s commitment to reducing the environmental impact of transportation fuels in the province, and contribute to a new low carbon economy through the implementation of the Renewable and Low Carbon Fuels Requirements Regulation (the Regulation).

Chevron is retrofitting its existing facility at Cobble Hill, Cowichan Valley to enable the supply of ethanol-blended regular unleaded fuel to Vancouver Island as part of its efforts to achieve a 10 per cent reduction in the carbon intensity of its fuels in the province by 2020 as required by the Regulation.

Chevron currently supplies approximately 65 per cent of Vancouver Island’s transportation fuel needs.

The introduction of ethanol blending at Chevron’s facility will result in the provision of a reliable supply of ethanol blended fuel to Vancouver Island residents, and is anticipated to be available towards the end of 2015. The company is also constructing a Vapour Recovery Unit to recover operating emissions from the facility itself.

“Congratulations to Chevron for investing in upgrades to its terminal at Cobble Hill that will enable it to provide cleaner-burning, ethanol-blended fuel on Vancouver Island,” said Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett. “We’re working with fuel suppliers and the biofuels sector to meet British Columbia’s legislated renewable and low-carbon fuel requirements, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and diversifying our transportation fuel supply.”

“Cowichan Valley is an important market in which Chevron operates and supplies the bulk of Vancouver Island’s fuel requirements,” said Chevron Spokesperson Adrien Byrne. “We are pleased to collaborate with the BC Government and Cowichan Valley Regional District on a project that aligns with the environmental goals of both the local and broader provincial communities. Through this project, Chevron will continue to provide the people of Vancouver Island with a reliable source of fuel to meet their daily transportation needs.”

Just Posted

Bike helmets, tools donated to Santa’s Workshop

Cross Canada Cycle Touring Society and Canadian Tire embraced the season of giving

Annual labyrinth walk welcomes the festive celebration of lights season

Take a break from the commercial activity of the holiday season and… Continue reading

Strong winds to hit B.C.’s south coast

Western regions may see winds of up to 80 km/hr

Courtenay family looking for help after baby born two months premature

A GoFundMe page has been set up as a difficult pregnancy and a long stay in Victoria have left the family struggling to get by

VIDEO: Ex-NASA engineer pranks mail thieves with glitter bomb trap

Package thefts are common this time of year, but YouTuber Mark Rober used his engineering skills

Lightning top Canucks 5-2 in feisty battle

NHL’s No. 1 team too much for Vancouver

Bear cubs try to take Vancouver Island woman’s Christmas cookies

Incident happened in the early-morning hours today, Dec. 18, in Nanaimo

FortisBC says you can return to normal gas use following pipeline fire

Utility says increased pipeline capacity, warmer weather have allowed supply to reach normal levels

CSIS collected info on peaceful groups, but only in pursuit of threats: watchdog

Security Intelligence Review Committee says fears unjustified after reviewing evidence, testimony

Canada ranks 16th on annual gender gap list

This is the second year Canada has placed 16th in the World Economic Forum’s list

VIDEO: Tornado rips through city west of Seattle

Reports indicate five to seven homes damaged in Port Orchard, Wash.

Trial date postponed for man charged with killing Abbotsford police officer

Oscar Arfmann’s trial pushed back from January to May 2019

Privacy watchdog says legal cannabis buyers should use cash, not credit

Some countries could bar entry to individuals if they know they have purchased cannabis

Most Read