Carbon Capture Shell Starts up Carbon Capture Project for Canadian Oil-Sands Processing

Editor: Dominik Stephan

Shell has officially launched its new Quest carbon capture project near Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada. The 1-million-tons per year facility was constructed on time thanks to a new modular engineering approach by Fluor.

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Carbon Capture shall help to extract CO2 from industrial waste gas.
Carbon Capture shall help to extract CO2 from industrial waste gas.
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Calgary/Canada – Using its proprietary 3rd Gen Modular Execution approach, Fluor designed and built the facility using 69 separate interlocking modules that were assembled at the jobsite. This Athabasca oil sands project was delivered under budget and on schedule with an exemplary construction safety record.

Fluor was responsible for the engineering, procurement and construction services for the capture portion of the Quest CCS project that was built adjacent to an existing operating facility. In order to minimize the capital costs of the new facility and reduce disruptions to the existing operating facility, Fluor implemented its modular execution strategy to fabricate the interlocking modules offsite and then deliver them for installation. Fluor’s design approach, which compresses the space requirements of a typical plant, reduced material quantities and the construction labor hours required in the field. The approach also delivered capital efficiencies to the project and shortened the time to completion following delivery of the final module.

“The successful completion of the Shell Quest CCS project demonstrates the value of Fluor’s 3rd Gen Modular Execution, an innovative project execution delivery that lowers costs and improves schedule predictability for our clients,” said Jim Brittain, president of Fluor’s Energy & Chemicals business in the Americas region. “By implementing this technology in the early phases and delivering it throughout the full project execution, we were able to reduce the plot space of the facility by approximately 20 percent and eliminate material and labor costs from the project. This brought additional value to our client and enabled us to complete construction on schedule.”

The project, built by Fluor’s direct-hire construction staff, was completed with a zero lost time incident rate with more than 1.3 million hours worked. The Quest CCS project will capture approximately one million metric tons of carbon dioxide per year from the Scotford Upgrader and store it deep underground.

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