October 5, 2009 at 3:59 pm #2978
Update – Shell Restarting Scotford/Edmonton Refinery
NEW YORK, Oct 5, 2009 (Reuters) – Shell Oil Co was restarting some units at its 155,000 barrel-per-day Scotford refinery near Edmonton, Canada, the refinery reported in a weekend notice on a community information line.
“We are in the process of restarting units at our refinery following a scheduled maintenance turnaround,” said the notice, which was posted on Sunday and did not specify which units were being restarted.
The notice said that flaring would occur at the refinery during the next 48 hours due to the restarts.
The company and issued a similar notice early last week but also did not specify at the time which units were being restarted. Shell had reported it began the maintenance at the plant in early September.
The refinery is supplied by Shell’s adjacent 155,000 bpd Scotford upgrader, which processes bitumen from the Athabasca oil sands project in northern Alberta.
(Reporting by Haitham Haddadin; Editing by John Picinich)
October 5, 2009 at 4:09 pm #5975
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.
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