Refining

Refining---the process of converting conventional and synthetic crude oil into oil-based products and petrochemical feedstock---plays a major role in the development of Alberta’s energy sector.  Without refining, Alberta’s hydrocarbon value chain would be limited to production and sale of bitumen and synthetic crude oil.  

Refining is a fundamental step between the upstream extraction of conventional oil sources & upgraded oilsands-based synthetic crude oil and the downstream refined and petrochemical products that are consumed in the marketplace.  

 Refining also provides a bridge to other energy processing opportunities, like off-gas production, that enables Alberta to diversify its’ primarily resource-based economy.

 In 2006, the Hydrocarbon Upgrading Task Force (HUTF) created an “aspirational”goal of ensuring that one third of Alberta’s oilsands was sold as bitumen, one third was upgraded to synthetic crude oil and one third was processed to oil-based products and petrochemicals: the refining process is vital to third objective.  In 2008, the Government of Alberta included this goal in the Provincial Energy Strategy.

 There are four operating refineries in Alberta with a combined crude processing capacity of over 450,000 bpd.

 

Company

Location

Capacity (bpd)

Suncor

Edmonton

140,000

Imperial Oil

Edmonton

187,200

Shell Canada

Scotford

100,000

Husky (Asphalt Refinery)

Lloydminister (Alberta)

28,300

Total

455,500