The promise is to try and keep jobs local and indirectly influence jobs in the southeast.
A 40,000 barrel per day refinery proposed by Dominion Energy Processing Group, Inc. for the Stoughton area has officially signed for 320 acres of land south of Highway 13 (north of the Crescent Point Energy gas plant).
"One of the execution planning stages was creating the local jobs, as well as provincial jobs," Keith Stemler, CEO of Dominion Energy, told Discover Weyburn Thursday.
Stemler said initial jobs that would remain local mostly include manufacturing and product creation.
As far as permanent jobs, he said 60 direct full-time positions will be created. Dominon's plan is to locate the main office in Regina.
Indirectly, Stemler said it depends on what the community of Stoughton has to offer for local businesses (i.e. restaurants and tire shops).
Dominion Energy is a Canadian subsidiary of the American company Quantum Energy, Inc.
For the past 16-18 months, the Canadian company has been meeting with the provincial government. Within the southeast, Dominon has already met with the rural municipality of Tecumseh.
"Right now, we're in a position where we've announced the proposal of the plan because we're confident we can continue the path forward and make it public knowledge," Stemler said.
The next step is to meet with the town council of Stoughton, hold town hall meetings and a public review of the "transitional proposal permitting" or TPP.
Stemler added the town hall meetings are not required by law, but said, "It's basically good communication and [public relations] by the company."
"This is a long process, this is not something that can be done in a couple weeks," he said, adding the goal is to have the town hall meetings completed sometime in January.
The 40-thousand barrel per day refinery would be a smaller scale of the 600-700 thousand barrel per day refineries owned by companies like Shell Oil Company or Imperial Oil.
Following the interview, Stemler provided more information in an e-mail, stating that the plant will be a Green Energy facility. "By capturing all CO2 and other atmospheric gases for reuse in other hydro carbon related operations, Dominion has completed several Carbon emissions studies to support our output emissions making our design one of the most technically advanced refineries in Canada" he wrote.