Shell starts production from Scotford oil sands upgrader expansion

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, May 4
-- Shell Canada Energy has started production from the Scotford upgrader expansion project near Edmonton, Canada. The 100,000 b/d expansion increases Scotford's bitumen upgrading capacity to 255,000 b/d.

Shell produces the bitumen at its Muskeg River and Jackpine mines in the Athabasca area of northeast Alberta.

The company notes that its engineers will now focus on improving operating efficiencies and adding capacity through debottlenecking.

Shell also continues design and engineering work on the proposed Quest carbon capture and storage project at the Scotford upgrader for potentially capturing and storing underground about 1 million tonnes/year of carbon dioxide. It expects to make a final decision on starting construction on the project in 2012, after obtaining all regulatory approvals.

Operator Shell Canada Energy holds a 60% interest in the Athabasca Oil Sands Project (AOSP). Its partners are Chevron Canada Ltd. 20% and Marathon Oil Corp. 20%.

AOSP includes the Muskeg River mine, Jackpine mine and Scotford upgrader.

Related Articles

1990 SEEN AS TURNAROUND YEAR IN CANADA

02/05/1990 Canadian officials believe 1990 will mark the beginning of an upturn for their industry. Industry groups say operators are budgeting for an average...

CONVENTIONAL SUPPLY OF OIL WILL SLOW DOWN

02/05/1990 Roger R. Alahakkone Srolank Investment & Trading International Calgary In Canada, Alberta and Saskatchewan account for all of heavy oils and ta...

HORIZONTAL DRILLING SCORES MORE SUCCESSES

02/26/1990 Guntis Moritis Drilling/Production Editor The Journal's second exclusive compilation of horizontal drilling projects under scores that this tec...

OTTAWA TO SELL PETRO-CANADA TO CUT DEFICIT

02/26/1990 The Canadian government will sell Petro-Canada Inc. as part of a deficit reduction program. In a federal budget unveiled Feb. 20, Finance Minister ...

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