June 13, 2008 at 9:08 am #3581
<FYI – Canadian Upgrader Suncor Expanding its St Clair Ethanol biofuel plant – CER>
Suncor to Spend C$120 Million to Expand Ethanol Plant (Update2)
By Ian McKinnon
June 12, 2008 (Bloomberg) — Suncor Energy Inc. plans to spend C$120 million ($117.2 million) to double the capacity of its St. Clair ethanol plant near Sarnia, Ontario, the largest biofuel refinery in Canada.
The project will increase the plant’s output to 400 million liters (105.5 million gallons) a year, the Calgary-based company said today in a statement. Construction will begin immediately, and the expansion is expected to be completed by late 2009.
Government environmental rules are boosting demand for ethanol, which is blended with gasoline to reduce emissions linked to global warming. Canada last year said gasoline and diesel must have renewable-energy content of 5 percent by 2010.
Suncor currently uses all of the St. Clair plant’s output to meet its own needs, and the expansion will enable it to sell some ethanol to other refiners, spokesman Jason Vaillant said today in a telephone interview. The plant, which uses corn as a feedstock, begin operating in 2006.
The project is part of Suncor’s plan to invest C$750 million on renewable-energy initiatives by 2012, according to the statement. The company is the second-largest producer from oil-sands deposits in northern Alberta after joint venture Syncrude Canada Ltd.
Suncor fell C$2.89, or 4.2 percent, to C$65.87 on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Before today, the stock rose 27 percent this year.
To contact the reporter on this story: Ian McKinnon in Calgary at firstname.lastname@example.org
June 19, 2008 at 8:36 pm #6770
Suncor Awards Jacobs EPC Contract for Voyageur
by Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. announced Tuesday that it has received a contract to provide detailed engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) services for Suncor Energy’s Voyageur Upgrader near Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. Officials did not disclose the contract value.
Jacobs will provide EPC services for the sulfur complex of the Suncor Voyageur Upgrader, which is a key component of Suncor’s plan to achieve a targeted production capacity of 550,000 barrels of oil per day by 2012. The Voyageur Upgrader will upgrade bitumen primarily from the Firebag in situ site.
The new sulfur complex includes two sour water stripper units, one amine unit, three sulfur recovery trains, sulfur degassing, an LT SCOT tail gas treating unit, and a sulfur truck loading terminal. Jacobs will also perform the pipe fabrication and module assembly work at their Edmonton, Alberta, facilities.
Jacobs has been a Suncor Supplier of Choice since 2001, performing engineering for the multi-billion dollar Firebag in-situ program and previously completing the EDS phase of the sulfur complex portion of the Voyageur Upgrader Project.
In making the announcement, Jacobs Group Vice President Chip Mitchell stated, “We are pleased to build on our extensive engineering and procurement work on the Firebag facilities and expand our services to bring added value to Suncor, delivering the total EPC package for their pace-setting Voyageur project.”
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