We worth our reference to the Lima neighborhood and need to right some inaccuracies in current media and social media about our firm and staffing plans for our upkeep turnaround this fall at what’s now Cenovus Lima Refinery.
Cenovus is a Canadian built-in power firm dedicated to growing and processing oil and pure gasoline sources in a secure and accountable method. Following Cenovus’s mixture earlier this 12 months with Husky Vitality, the Lima Refinery turned a core Cenovus asset and an essential a part of our long-term built-in power technique. The refinery has been working in Lima for 135 years, and we respect the generations of households who’ve supported us over this great historical past. We’re proud to be a prime regional employer, offering jobs for 450 folks, about half of whom are union-represented. And, along with our staff, we make $600,000 in neighborhood investments yearly.
Issues have been expressed concerning the contracts awarded for our fall turnaround, so I wish to put some essential information on the document:
The turnaround contracts had been awarded final 12 months, earlier than Cenovus and Husky mixed, and following a aggressive course of. This work is specialised and is often largely finished by folks from exterior the realm, no matter who receives the contract.
Cenovus and Lima Refinery have productive relationships with union-represented workforces, together with our everlasting operations and upkeep workforce and our embedded refinery upkeep contractor, which makes use of employees represented by the Lima Constructing Trades. Our Superior Refinery rebuild in Wisconsin can also be being finished predominately with constructing trades contractors.
Our space has about 3,000 craftspeople in complete, however solely a portion of these persons are certified to do refinery turnaround work. A lot of these craftspeople work for our upkeep contractor within the refinery day by day, serving to us preserve secure and dependable operations, and they’re going to proceed doing different common restore and repair upkeep work on the half of the refinery not shut down for the turnaround.
We perceive the native trades are disillusioned they weren’t awarded this explicit contract, however as I stated, they may proceed to work via the autumn. We have now met with their management month-to-month and supplied assist to reinforce their probability of success on subsequent bids, and we hope to proceed a constructive relationship.
Above all, we would like you to know Cenovus is dedicated to being a accountable long-term proprietor, operator, employer and member of the Lima neighborhood. This consists of our partnership with United Method of Higher Lima, the place we’re already the most important contributor, and persevering with our different neighborhood and nonprofit investments. We hope this provides you a greater sense of who we’re.
Claudio Ingaramo joined the Lima Refinery workforce in 2013 and has served as vp, U.S. Refining and Lima Refinery normal supervisor since November 2018. His opinion doesn’t essentially symbolize the views of The Lima Information or its proprietor, AIM Media.