Sturgeon Refinery

Environmental Stewardship

North West Redwater Partnership complements the vision of the Alberta Industrial Heartland, which community leaders explain is to “…maximize the efficient use of resources, information, raw materials, energy, infrastructure, and natural habitats.” This priority on efficiency means less waste and operations that run in a more environmentally responsible manner.

A study co-sponsored by the government determined that Alberta can become one of the world’s largest eco-industrial chemical clusters. NWR is one of the very first building blocks of this eco-industrial cluster as it paves the way for other opportunities in the region.

Integration of gasification with carbon capture and storage (CCS), conversion of low-value bitumen to high-value products and central location in the Alberta Industrial Heartland make the refinery one of the anchor tenants of Alberta’s development of a hydrocarbon processing cluster. This is consistent with Alberta’s strategic direction to concentrate heavy industrial development in this area to support the efficient and economic development of the province’s resources.

NWR’s bitumen refinery is situated within the established heavy industrial region of Sturgeon County, one of the municipalities comprising Alberta’s Industrial Heartland. The region’s existing infrastructure and access to local resources mean the refinery is further reducing its environmental footprint. Another advantage is its close proximity to major crude oil and diluent pipelines.

The region’s stable and skilled workforce means NWR provides jobs to the people who call this community home, thereby reinvesting in this strategically important area of our province.

The County’s leaders recognize that climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing our generation. They also know that CCS will play a key role in combating it. We appreciate their enthusiasm for a CCS solution and are grateful for their continued support of our refinery.

Using the most environmentally conscious processes to minimize waste and emissions, NWR sets the environmental gold standard and demonstrates to the world that Albertans can be environmentally responsible stewards of the oil sands resource, ensuring its sustainable development.

HIGHLIGHT: Over 96% of all waste generated at the Sturgeon Refinery site is diverted from landfills, with the exception of Domestic Waste.

Types of Waste in 2019 (% of total weight)

  • Cardboard/Paper 10%
  • Plastic 10%
  • Wood 35%
  • Metal 4%
  • Organics 29%
  • Concrete 8%
  • Domestic Waste 4%