North West Redwater Refinery Project
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Summary Information

  • Ownership: North West Redwater Partnership
  • Website:
  • Wiki Page: North West Redwater Refinery
  • Location: Sturgeon County, 45km north-east of Edmonton, Alberta
  • Capacity: 7.5 million tons/annum & 150,000 bbl/day
  • Nelson Complexity:
  • Project Stage: Under Construction
  • Expected Completion: 2016 (Phase 1)
  • Budget:

The Project

  • Project Type: Greenfield Refinery
  • Project Summary: A three phase project, of 50,000 bpd for each phase. The refinery will process diluted bitumen
  • Main Contractors
    • SNC-Lavalin: An engineering services contract to complete engineering design specifications
    • Jacobs:
      • Detailed engineering, procurement and construction services
      • Engineering and procurement services for the utilities
    • Fluor: front-end engineering and design (FEED) services
    • KBR: construction and fabrication of an LCFiner unit
    • Lurgi AG: Engineering, Procurement and Construction for the gasifier unit
    • Praxair: Oxygen Unit
    • Saipem: FEED and Early Engineering services for the LC Finer Unit
    • Toyo Engineering: Engineering services for Sulphur Recovery Unit, Light Ends Recovery Unit, Sour Water Stripper Unit and Amine Treatment Unit
    • GE: Electric Motors
    • CBI: Bitumen Tanks
    • Foster Wheeler: Steam generating systems
    • Emerson: Automation services and technology
  • Licences
    • Chevron Lummus Global: LCFiner unit
    • Lurgi AG: gasifier unit

Refining Units

  • Atmospheric Distillation
  • Vacuum Distillation
  • LCFiner unit (Ebullated Hydrocracker)
  • Gasifier Unit
  • Sulphur Recovery Unit

Terminal Capacity

  • Crude Oil:
  • Refined Products:

Crude Supply

  • Tar Sands sourced bitumen

Products Produced

  • Diesel, Low Sulphur Vacuum Gas Oil, Naphtha, butane, propane, ethane and Sulphur
  • The naphtha will largely be used as a diluent for bitumen
  • Half of the product yield will be Diesel


  • 2006 -
  • 2007 - NWU received Alberta Energy and Utilities Board (EUB) Approval
  • 2011 - Jacobs awarded a contract to provide detailed engineering, procurement and construction services
  • 2011 - Fluor awarded a contract to provide front-end engineering and design (FEED) services
  • 2011 - Toyo awarded EDS contract
  • 2012 - The Board of Directors of both partners approved the construction of Phase 1
  • 2014 - Emerson awarded contract for automation services and technology

Other Information

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Relevant Links

  1. SNC-Lavalin Awarded Engineering Design Contract By North West Upgrading In Alberta
  2. KBR Awarded Construction and Fabrication Services Contract for Canadian Bitumen Refining Project
  3. KBR Awarded Construction and Fabrication Services Contract for Canadian Gasifer Unit
  4. North West Upgrading Selects Praxair to Supply Oxygen in Alberta
  5. Canadian Natural Resources Limited has entered into a partnership agreement with North West Upgrading Inc. to move forward with detailed engineering
  6. Jacobs Receives Contract from North West Redwater
  7. Fluor Wins Engineering Contract for New Canadian Refinery
  8. Toyo-Canada Awarded EDS Work of Oil Sands Refinery Project
  9. North West Redwater Partnership Announces Sanction for the Construction of Phase 1 of the Sturgeon Refinery
  10. GE Motors to Drive Pioneering Bitumen Refinery in Canada’s Oil Sands
  11. Air Products Wins Canada Hydrogen Supply Contract from North West
  12. CB&I Announces Bitumen Refinery Tank Award
  13. Foster Wheeler Awarded Contract For Design And Supply Of Three Package Steam Generating Systems
  14. Jacobs Receives Contract from North West Redwater Partnership
  15. Emerson to Help North West Redwater Reduce Emissions at Advanced, Low-Carbon Refinery
  16. Jacobs Awarded Construction Management Contract from North West Redwater Partnership

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