Why is the refinery located on the Kingston Harbour?

There are several factors which influenced the location of the refinery. These include:

  • Location in an Industrial Zone, which minimizes risk to surrounding communities and the environment;
  • Proximity to sea provides:
    • Accessibility to ocean going vessels for receiving crude oil and finished products, as well as from pipelines located under the sea.
    • An abundant supply of seawater for fire fighting.
    • Easy dispersal of waste gases in a seaward direction due to prevailing wind direction.
    • Underground supply of well water for cooling and boiler feed water. (National Water Commission sources provide additional “make-up” water, when necessary).