Fluor wins work for Canadian oil sands refinery project

06 October 2011 15:18  [Source: ICIS news]

TORONTO (ICIS)--Fluor has won a contract for work on a planned oil sands refinery project near Edmonton in Canada’s western Alberta province, the US-based international petrochemicals engineering firm said on Thursday.

Fluor said the project – by North West Redwater (NWR) – would use oil sands bitumen to produce diesel, diluents, naphtha and related products.

The refinery will include carbon capture and storage to reduce its environmental impact, Fluor added. It did not disclose details about capacities, costs or the expected start-up date.

According to information on NWR's website, the project's planned processing capacity is 150,000 bbl/day, with construction expected to begin next year.

Fluor’s said its contract includes front-end engineering and design (FEED) services for the project.

Canada’s chemicals industry is looking to off-gases and by-products from the oil sands upgrading and refining process as a source of feedstocks for new chemical plants and plant expansions in Alberta.

Canadian chemical producers and labour leaders have repeatedly argued that oil sands upgrading and refining should take place in Alberta - instead of exporting the raw bitumen to US plants via pipelines such as the Keystone XL project. 

NWR is a joint venture between North West Upgrading and Canadian Natural Resources.

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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