How many barrels of water required to refine a barrel of average crude oil?

I’ve heard everything from 10 to 100. Is there a range? (Does heavy crude require xxx while light crude require x?)

Specifically I am wondering about a refinery like the Irving Oil Refinery in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. It apparently refines 300 000 bpd, shipped in from somewhere…anybody know where?

Thanks

3 Responses to “How many barrels of water required to refine a barrel of average crude oil?”

  1. oil field trash Says:

    You can refine a barrel of oil without any water but sometimes it is more economic to do so. In those cases, the amount of water is very small closer to a gallon or two per barrel.

  2. Starrysky Says:

    Google results range from 1.5 to 1851 with no mention as to quality of oil.
    Most oil for eastern North America comes from Middle East and Venezuela, USA and Canada. Not much gets outside Mexico.
    "The Canaport terminal receives crude oil tankers from overseas and is delivered to Irving’s Saint John refinery, the largest in Canada."
    http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/eneene/sources/natnat/canaport-eng.php
    I would guess the location of the source would depend upon availability, price, and type of oil that refinery is running.

  3. Bob Lawrence Says:

    Your best answer will come from that refinery directly.

    Try this web site.
    http://www.irvingoil.com/who_we_are/contact_us/