Odor delays shale-oil pilot plant start-up in Australia

Air emissions have delayed commissioning the 4,500-b/d first stage of the Stuart oil-shale pilot facility in Queensland, Australia. Start up is now expected at yearend 2000 instead of the initial yearend 1999 target, according to James D. McFarland, managing director of Southern Pacific Petroleum NL and Central Pacific Minerals NL (SPP/CPM).These two Australian companies are in a joint venture with Suncor Energy Ltd. of Canada, the operator, to develop the estimated 3 billion bbl of in situ shale oil.McFarland said in his presentation at the 16th World Petroleum Congress in Calgary in early June that the odors, classified as not a risk to human health, are a nuisance for residents of near...

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