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Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014  

Imperial successfully completes Kearl turnaround

Calgary, AB – September 30, 2014

First major maintenance turnaround completed with no lost-time safety incidents

Imperial Oil Limited today announced the completion of a major planned maintenance turnaround at its Kearl facilities.

“We would like to wholeheartedly congratulate and thank our contractors and employees for completing this major turnaround without a lost-time safety incident,” said John Whelan, Imperial Production Manager, Mining. “This was our first major planned maintenance turnaround event that included preventative maintenance to the ore preparation plant, hydrotransport, extraction and solvent recovery systems, along with modifications to froth treatment instrumentation and control valve upgrades focused on enhancing reliability.”

Whelan added that special recognition goes to the following contractors, who worked incident free: Acuren Group Inc., AITF (Alberta Innovates - Technology Futures), ALE Role-Lift Canada, Birch Mountain Enterprises Ltd., Bula Enterprises, CEDA International Corporation, Clean Harbors Canada, Clearwater Energy Services LP, Fluor Driver, FT Services, HSE Integrated Ltd., Koch-Glitsch, Motion Industries (Canada) Inc., Prime Boiler Services, Roberts Mechanical Services, Safway Services Canada, Sterling Crane, Weir Services Edmonton, and Willbros Construction Services Canada LP.

The turnaround, during which the Kearl facility was off-line, was executed over the last two full weeks of September. The turnaround involved a total of 150,000 hours worked.

After more than a century, Imperial continues to be an industry leader in applying technology and innovation to responsibly develop Canada’s energy resources. As Canada’s largest petroleum refiner, a major producer of crude oil and natural gas, a key petrochemical producer and a leading fuels marketer from coast to coast, our company remains committed to high standards across all areas of our business.