Praxair to build air-separation unit to supply new Canada refinery

22 April 2013 17:28  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Praxair plans to build an air-separation unit that will supply industrial gas to a refinery planned near Edmonton, Alberta, the US-based producer said on Monday.

The unit should start operations in 2016, and its capacity will be 2,000 tons/day of oxygen as well associated volumes of nitrogen and argon, Praxair said.

Under a long-term agreement, the plant will supply the planned Sturgeon refinery being developed by North West Redwater (NWR) Partnership.

NWR's gasification process will consume oxygen to produce hydrogen, which will then be used to upgrade bitumen extracted from oil sands, Praxair said. Initially, the refinery will convert 50,000 bbl/day of bitumen.

It will be the first refinery built in Alberta in more than 30 years, Praxair said.

By: Al Greenwood
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