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Fort Saskatchewan Record (Canada): Shell Scotford continues rapid expansion

Production to be boosted to 700,000 barrels per day when complete

by Andrew Thompson
Wednesday March 28, 2007

Construction on a $6 billion second phase is just starting up and Shell is already planning future expansion of their Scotford Upgrader east of Fort Saskatchewan.

Shell has announced plans for four future expansions that would boost production to 700,000 barrels of bitumen per day. The upgrader currently refines about 190,000 barrels a day. The current expansion is expected to raise that to about 300,000 barrels a day when it’s finished in 2010.

Shell plans to file regulatory submissions for their further expansion plans later this year and begin construction in 2009 depending on market conditions and regulatory approval.

“As one phase comes to an end end we can get started on another phase,” said Scotford General Manager Peter St. George.

Each project phase would add about 100,000 barrels-per-day of production capacity. Each phase is also expected to employ about 3,000 to 4,000 construction workers during peak construction.

Expansions would take place to the north, south, and east of the existing upgrader site on Range Road 214 north of Highway 15.

St. George said future expansion will make use of new technology including the possibility of Carbon Dioxide capture if economics permit or if new environmental regulations require it.

Shell’s Construction Superintendent, Marc Vivequin said site preparation for the current expansion is well underway and construction in earnest should begin later this spring. Infrastructure for future expansion is being built during the current round of construction.

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