Shell Scotford upgrader expanding
Posted By Catherine Griwkowsky News Staff
Posted 17 days ago
The Shell Scotford site as of June 2007. Shell is looking at a second upgrader in the future.
An economic update at a Strathcona County council meeting on the Shell Scotford upgrader prompted Ward 7 Coun. Glen Lawrence to ask for a tour upstream in the oilsands.
Lawrence requested a tour, and told council they need to see first-hand the environmental and social impacts of the upgrader and refinery.
Coun. Linda Osinchuk said their contributions to the community are appreciated. She asked how Shell is letting the community know about environmental impacts.
Peter St. George, general manager of Shell Scotford, said the consultation process is underway.
Now at the Shell Scotford site there are 1,100 full time employees and 350 contractors. The Scotford upgrader is expanding and there are 18,000 piles pounded into the ground at a depth of 20 metres that would total in length 350 Canadian football fields. The amount of steel used could build a railroad track from Toronto to Ottawa. The 60,000 cubic metres of concrete could build a sidewalk curb from Fort McMurray to Edmonton and the 4,500 km of cable is equivalent in length to the distance between Edmonton and Fredericton, N.B.
There are more than 130 buses that take workers to the site, transporting 76 per cent of employees.
Coun. Jacquie Fenske said the bus system is impressive.
The expansion also includes construction of mining and extraction facilities at the Jackpine Mine north of Fort McMurray, an expansion of froth treatment facilities at the existing Muskeg River Mine, and infrastructure to support long-term bitumen production plans at the mine and upgrader. Shell is looking at a second upgrader expansion in the future, and has a regulatory application in place, but there are more variables to consider.
Canadian senators toured the site the previous week.