Sturgeon Refinery


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About 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. By capturing the carbon emissions produced during the refining process, the Sturgeon Refinery produces lower carbon intensity fuels from bitumen. The CO2 is gathered and transported by the Alberta Carbon Trunk Line system to Central Alberta for enhanced oil recovery and permanent safe storage.

The Sturgeon Refinery is now fully operational. Ultra low sulphur diesel and other value added products are produced from Alberta’s bitumen with a focus on optimizing the facility for safe, reliable, long term production. 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) is the operator of the Sturgeon Refinery. NWR is a 50/50 partnership between Canadian Natural Resources Limited and the Alberta Petroleum Marketing Commission.

NWR Key Statistics:

  • 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 ultra-low sulphur diesel, vacuum gas oil, diluent, and natural gas liquids
  • Phase One of the refinery captures 1.3 million tonnes of CO₂ per year, which serves as the anchor supply for the Alberta Carbon Trunk Line
  • Diesel produced at the Sturgeon Refinery has a lower carbon footprint as a result of capturing approximately 70% of the refinery’s total CO2
  • Personal safety performance at the Sturgeon Refinery consistently ranks in the top quartile among industry leaders
  • Approximately 95% of all waste generated at the Sturgeon Refinery site is diverted from landfills
  • Over 40,000 people have been directly involved since construction; most of the workforce is Alberta based, though individuals from nearly every continent around the globe have been part of construction and operations
  • Investment into local community organizations and initiatives surpassed $750,000 funded solely by refunds from NWR’s unique recycling program

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