Sturgeon Refinery

High Value Products

The Sturgeon Refinery converts raw bitumen into lower carbon, ultra-low sulphur diesel and and other products. This maximizes the value for Albertans. It generates higher margins on raw materials while making fuel needed to meet growing demand for cleaner energy products.

NWR’s diesel is produced with a lower carbon footprint as a result of the capture and permanent storage of carbon dioxide produced in the refining process. In addition, the diesel is formulated to meet or exceed all standards and quality specifications in North America. Specifically, NWR’s diesel exceeds the current cetane standard of 40. Higher cetane results in more complete fuel combustion, improving fuel efficiency and reducing emissions.

The province requires large sources of diluent to meet the current and future needs of bitumen producers. NWR is a source of high quality recycled and manufactured diluents that displace expensive imports for bitumen producers.

This product is used primarily as a component in high octane gasoline.  NWR’s pure naphtha is also ideal for use in petrochemical processes or as part of the manufactured diluent pool.

This high-quality material has applications for intermediate feedstock in refineries, the production of lubricants, and for sales as an off-road fuel.

Products such as butane, propane, and ethane that are produced as part of the bitumen refining process are sold to other Alberta industries.

High Value End Products

  • Ultra Low Sulphur Diesel 50%
    •  40,250 Barrels / Day
    • Exceeds california low carbon fuel standards
    • Growing demand, Attractive pricing
  • Low Sulphur VGO 11%
    • 8,790 Barrels / Day
    • High quality gasoline feedstock
  • Diluent/Naphtha 35%
    • 28,266 Barrels/ Day
    • Premium to WTI, active local markets
  • Butane and Propane 4%
    • 3,363 Barrels/ Day