Syncrude shuts down new desulfurization unit

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, May 22 -- On orders of Alberta Environmental Protection (AEP), Syncrude Canada Ltd., Calgary, has shut down its new Coker 8-3 flue-gas desulfurization unit and associated equipment, one of three fluid coker units at its Mildred Lake oil sands plant north of Fort McMurray, Alta.

AEP ordered the shutdown following complaints by Fort McKay and Fort McMurray residents of strong odors after Syncrude started up new equipment May 6 following completion of its $8.4 billion plant expansion (OGJ, May 15, 2006, Newsletter). The plant had been upgraded to 350,000 b/d of synthetic crude.

Syncrude base plant operations are continuing to produce 250,000 b/d while Syncrude investigates the source of the emissions.

The flue-gas desulfurization unit uses new technology designed to eliminate most sulfur dioxide emissions from the expanded facility. Additional expansions are planned to bring eventual production at the facility to 500,000 b/d.

Syncrude Canada Ltd. operates the Syncrude project, which is owned by Canadian Oil Sands Ltd., ConocoPhillips Oilsands Partnership II, Imperial Oil Resources Ltd., Mocal Energy Ltd., Murphy Oil Co. Ltd., Nexen Oil Sands Partnership, and Petro-Canada Oil & Gas.

Related Articles

Western gulf lease sale attracts $110 million in high bids

08/20/2014 Gulf of Mexico western planning area Lease Sale 238 drew 93 bids from 14 companies over 81 blocks covering 433,823 acres, totaling $109,951,644 in ...

ConocoPhillips, Enap sign deal to study unconventional oil, gas in Chile

08/06/2014 ConocoPhillips and Chile’s state oil company Empresa Nacional del Petroleo (Enap) have signed a technical agreement to jointly conduct geological, ...

Oando completes purchase of Nigeria assets from ConocoPhillips

07/30/2014 Oando Energy Resources (OER), a Calgary-based subsidiary of Oando PLC, has completed its acquisition of the Nigeria upstream business of ConocoPhil...

ConocoPhillips, Suncor join Shell in deepwater exploration off Nova Scotia


ConocoPhillips and Suncor Energy Inc. are joining Shell Canada as partners in exploring the deepwater Shelburne basin off Nova Scotia.

Careers at TOTAL

Careers at TOTAL - Videos

More than 600 job openings are now online, watch videos and learn more!


Click Here to Watch

Other Oil & Gas Industry Jobs

Search More Job Listings >>
Stay Connected