Shell has completed a debottlenecking project at its 100,000-barrel per day (bpd) Scotford Refinery near Edmonton, Alberta, Shell Canada.
"The completion of this upgrade will enhance the performance and competitiveness of Scotford's integrated operations, which helps secure our position as an industry leader in this important region," stated Lori Ryerkerk, Shell's executive vice president for global manufacturing, in a press release. "This investment, in combination with other recent strategic investments, is a clear demonstration of Shell's ongoing commitment to our refining and chemicals portfolio."
The project boosts Scotford's hydrocracker production capacity by 20 percent and equates to a 14,000-bpd increase in the unit's production, according to Shell. It entailed replacing vessels, compressors and feed pumps to facilitate processing of more heavy crude oil into diesel, jet fuel and gasoline, the company noted.
"Scotford is Shell's oil refining hub in western Canada," added Achim Schempp, general manager of the Scotford site, which also includes a bitumen upgrader, chemical plant and carbon-capture-and-storage unit. "The enhancement of our hydrocracker increases our ability to process crude oil from Fort McMurray and strengthens our refining capability in Alberta. It has been 17 months of hard word to complete this project. I'm proud of the collaboration that delivered this ambitious project safety, on time and on budget."
Shell's Scotford debottlenecking project created 1,000 construction positions, according to the company.