Petro-Canada Edmonton Refinery to Start Operations (Update1)
By Robert Tuttle
Oct. 31, 2008 (Bloomberg) — Petro-Canada, the country’s second-
largest refiner, said its Edmonton, Alberta, refinery will begin
processing oil by Nov. 2 after shutting in August to upgrade
equipment. The 125,000 barrel-a-day plant is scheduled to be fully
operational within a month, Kelli Stevens, a spokeswoman for the
company, said in a telephone interview. The refinery may
experience “some minor ups and downs” in its operations until
the end of the year, she said. During the shutdown, the refinery was upgraded to process
only synthetic crude oil derived from oil sands. The plant had
previously used a mix of synthetic and conventional oil.
I forgot to mention PetroCanada Edmonton news item …… runnin full syncrde will of course mean that the refinery ‘s unlikely to produce any anode grade green petcoke for nearby Alcan Calciner/Smelter at Edmonton (Strathcona).
Since PetroCanada makes up ~50% of Alcan’s calciner feed it is unlikely there are any sensible economics to bring in 50% more import green petcoke and then turn around and export 50% of calcined petcoke back into another Alcan smelter in Kitimat or ect.