Horizon Oil Sands Upgrader
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Summary Information

  • Ownership: Canadian Natural Resources
  • Website: http://www.cnrl.com/
  • Location: Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada
  • Capacity: 5.5 million tons/annum & 110,000 bbl/day
  • Nelson Complexity:
  • Refining Depth:

Brief Description

  • A bitumen upgrading complex that converts natural bitumen into sweet synthetic crude oil
  • The upgraded crude is transported via the Horizon Crude Oil Pipeline

Refining Units

  • Delayed Coker,
  • Diluent recovery unit (DRU)
  • Hydrotreater *3
  • Hydrogen Unit

Terminal Capacity

  • Crude Oil:
  • Refined Products:

Crude Supply

Products Produced

  • low-sulphur, 34° API, sweet synthetic crude oil (SCO)

Ongoing Projects

Other Information

  • SNC Lavalin, Technip


  • 2005 - Board of Directors sanctioned the Horizon Oil Sands Project
  • 2005 - SNC-Lavalin and Snamprogetti awarded engineering, procurement and construction management services
  • 2009 - First production
  • 2011 - Fire in the Coker led to a several month shutdown

Relevant Links

  1. Technip Refining References
  2. Horizon Oil Sands, CNR
  3. Canadian Natural Resources Limited Announces Board Of Director Approval For The Horizon Oil Sands Project
  4. Canadian Natural Resources Limited Provides Further Update
  5. Canadian Natural Resources Limited Announces the Resumption of Shipment of Synthetic Crude Oil From Horizon
  6. Technip awarded two major contracts for the horizon oil sands project in Canada
  7. SNC-Lavalin Awarded Contract On Horizon Oil Sands Upgrader Project In Alberta
  8. Oil Sands Process

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