North West Upgrader
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Summary Information

  • Ownership: North West Upgrading
  • Website:
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  • Location: Redwater, Alberta, Canada
  • Capacity: 2.5 million tons/annum & 50,000 bbl/day
  • Nelson Complexity:
  • Project Stage: Planning
  • Expected Completion: 2014
  • Budget: $5 Billion Canadian

The Project

  • Project Type: Greenfield Bitumen Refinery
  • Project Summary: A complex refinery, designed to produce high
  • Main Contractors
    • UOP will design an integrated Distillate Unionfining™ process and Unicracking™ process unit
    • SNC-Lavalin signed an engineering services contract to complete engineering design specifications
    • Lurgi AG, has been awarded an Engineering, Procurement and Construction contract for the execution of a gasification-based hydrogen plant
    • Praxair will build a large state-of-the art air separation plant
    • SNC-Lavalin and PCL Industrial Management will provide project management contractor (PMC) and for the provision of engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) for more than 50 per cent of North West’s project scope.
    • Chevron Lummus Global LLC will supply LC-FINING technology

Refining Units

  • Residue hydrocracking plant utilizing LC-FINING technology
  • Hydrocracking
  • Hydrotreating
  • Gasifier unit
  • Air Separation Plant
  • Sulphur recovery unit

Terminal Capacity

  • Crude Oil:
  • Refined Products:

Crude Supply

  • Canadian Natural has agreed to provide 12,500 bbl/d of bitumen
  • The state of Alberta will supply the rest

Products Produced

  • Ultra Low Sulphur Diesel, Naphtha


  • 2005 - UOP selected for hydroprocessing licences
  • 2006 - SNC Lavalin selected for design

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