The Hydrocarbon Upgrading Task Force (HUTF)

In 2004, an industry/government Task Force (the HUTF) was established to explore synergies and opportunities within the refining and petrochemical industries.
Two studies were initiated:

  • Integration - assess the product integration opportunities for feedstocks, petrochemicals, fertilizers, syngas and electricity with bitumen upgrading and refining in Alberta.

  • Best Practices - review successful integrated hydrocarbon clusters in various jurisdictions around the world to identify competitive gaps for Alberta.

The HUTF developed the business case for adding value to bitumen for new refining capacity and as a source of petrochemical feedstock. The task force consisted of 119 members from 85 organizations representing government and industry (including oil sands producers, refiners, and petrochemical stakeholders).

Connections to Other Provincial Initiatives
The HUFT is consistent with both the Provincial Energy Strategyexternal link icon(August 2009) and Responsible Actions: A Plan Alberta’s Oil sandsexternal link icon (February 2009) in its outcomes and deliverables. 

Key shared deliverables:

  • Extend Alberta’s role in the oil sands value-chain through the development of value-added upgrading, refining, and petrochemical facilities.

  • Increase Alberta’s oil sands international market access

  • Ensure oil sands development enhances Alberta’s knowledge-based and higher value export economies

HUTF presentations and related resources: