Alberta Oil - - FOCUS ON REFINING -

Field Up­grad­ing Field Up­grad­ing aims to get a minis­cule 2,500 b/d of pro­cessed Al­ber­tan bi­tu­men from its demon­stra­tion plant to the high seas in mid-2019—but not in the usual “crude to tide­wa­ter” sense. Its CEO Neil Ca­marta is turn­ing it into “CleanSeas” ul­tra-low-sul­fur bunker fuel to power ships.

Sa­sol South African petro­chem­i­cal gi­ant Sa­sol plans a gas-to-liq­uids plant to process one bil­lion cf/d of nat­u­ral gas into 96,000 b/d of ul­tr­a­clean diesel, naph­tha and LPG. It would cost about $5 bil­lion and start up af­ter 2020. The eco­nom­ics de­pend on the price dif­fer­en­tial be­tween crude and nat­u­ral gas. North West Red­wa­ter Part­ner­ship The $8.5 bil­lion, 80,000 b/d Stur­geon re­fin­ery and up­grader—Canada’s first new re­fin­ery in three decades—is a part­ner­ship be­tween NW and CNRL. It cap­tures CO2 to send via the Al­berta Car­bon Trunk Line for in­jec­tion into oil fields.

Shell The Scot­ford 225,000 b/d up­grader takes bi­tu­men from Shell Al­bian Sands north of Fort McMur­ray. Shell sells 100,000 b/d of syn­thetic crude to its ad­ja­cent Scot­ford re­fin­ery, and the rest goes a re­fin­ery in Sar­nia, On­tario. The up­grader feeds the $1.35 bil­lion Quest car­bon cap­ture and stor­age project.

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