Sturgeon Refinery

About Us

Welcome to the North West Redwater Sturgeon Refinery

The Sturgeon Refinery is the first refinery built in Canada in over 35 years. The only refinery designed from the outset with a carbon capture solution, it uses leading technology to maximize performance and minimize environmental impacts. In fall 2013, shovels officially broke ground on the project site. Peak construction saw over 8,500 workers on the project daily, in addition to thousands of jobs in engineering firms and fabrication shops.

The refinery has been producing diesel and other products since December 2017. Phase One of the Sturgeon Refinery is designed to process approximately 79,000 barrels per day of diluted bitumen from Alberta’s oil sands into much higher value products. This includes low-carbon ultra-low sulphur diesel, vacuum gas oil, diluent, and natural gas liquids.

The refinery is designed for two additional identical phases, creating the opportunity to maximize production of lower carbon fuels while simultaneously supporting new employment and economic impact.

North West Redwater Partnership (NWR) executes excellence in health, safety and environmental (HSE) performance with a Goal Zero approach – protecting personnel and the environment.

The refinery is located 45 km northeast of Edmonton in Sturgeon County. This location offers numerous advantages, including close proximity to major crude oil and diluent pipelines, established infrastructure, and a stable and skilled regional workforce. Further, there are several opportunities for product synergies and downstream petrochemical development with other industrial facilities in Alberta’s Industrial Heartland.

Sturgeon Refinery, 2019


To build, operate and grow a safe, profitable and environmentally responsible bitumen refinery creating high-value products for Alberta and the world.


Integrity. Respect. Trust. Results.



  • Demonstrating visible and consistent commitment to personal and process safety.
  • Performing at our best every day on every task.
  • Honouring our commitments.
  • Encouraging and practicing open, honest and regular communication.
  • Allowing those who are impacted by the outcome to make knowledgeable decisions.
  • Working at the right level of detail, without duplication or omissions.
  • Aligning toward common, rather than conflicting goals.
  • Managing setbacks within a culture of learning, while promoting continuous learning and development.
  • Supporting a work environment where people feel valued and are able to make a difference.
  • Celebrating successes and having fun at work.
  • Making NWR a place where we are all proud to work.