A major upgrade project has been completed on Shell’s Scotford refinery near Edmonton, Canada.
The expansion will raise hydrocracker production capacity by 20%, which equates to 14,000 barrels a day, enabling the firm to increase deliveries of diesel, jet fuel and gasoline throughout western Canada.
The work involved replacing vessels, compressors and feed pumps. It created 1,000 construction jobs in the Edmonton area.
Lori Ryerkerk, executive vice-president for Shell’s global manufacturing business, said: “The completion of this upgrade will enhance the performance and competitiveness of Scotford’s integrated operations, which helps secure our position as an industry leader in this important region.
“This investment, in combination with other recent strategic investments, is a clear demonstration of Shell’s ongoing commitment to our refining and chemicals portfolio.”
Shell Scotford employs around 1,300 staff and 700 long-term contractors plus another 10,000 short-term contractors each year.