The Co-op Refinery Complex is moving toward working in a more environmentally-friendly way with a waste-water improvement project.
The $200-million project will clean 100 per cent of the water the refinery uses, then convert it to steam to create power.
The Regina refinery said this will reduce the smell that can sometimes come off the wastewater ponds, and will reduce its reliance on freshwater by 28 per cent.
Once the project is finished, the refinery said it will be the only refinery with this ability in North America.
It’s using technology developed by General Electric, using live bacteria, filtration units and high efficiency reverse osmosis.
The project is in the commissioning stage, but is expected to be operation by the fall.