ALBERTA INDUSTRIAL HEARTLAND PLANTS
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.