New Canadian Refinery Fluor Wins Engineering Contract for New Canadian Refinery

Editor: Marion Henig

Fluor was awarded a contract by North West Redwater Partnership to provide front-end engineering and design (FEED) services for a new refinery project in Alberta, Canada.

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Irving, Texas/USA – The engineering project will be executed by Fluor's offices in Calgary, Houston and New Delhi. Under the contract, Fluor will be responsible for two sections of the refinery that will upgrade bitumen, separating components and removing impurities, and will also re-evaluate the FEED deliverables based on a revised crude slate.

The operating company, North West Redwater Partnership, is a joint venture between North West Upgrading (NWU) and Canadian Natural Resources. The refinery, which will be located north of Edmonton, will use oil sands bitumen to produce diesel, diluent, naphtha and other related products. The refinery will incorporate gasification and carbon capture and storage to reduce its environmental impact. The facility will be built in three equal phases of 50,000 bpd each, with the first phase alone estimated to employ 8,000 people over two and a half years. An ultra low sulphur diesel will comprise nearly half of the facility’s output, with the remainder to include products also in high demand, such as diluents, naphtha and natural gas liquids.

The facility will capture 1.2 million tonnes of CO2 per phase, which will be sold to Enhance Energy’s Alberta Carbon Trunk Line for use in enhanced oil recovery before being sequestered. The Province of Alberta has awarded a portion of its Carbon Capture and Storage Fund to a joint application submitted by NWU and Enhance Energy. The partnership will deduct its share of this Fund from the processing fee the Province will pay for refining its barrels.

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