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Refinery project combines upgrading with EOR and CCS

By Scott Jenkins |

Construction has begun on a unique refinery project that will convert Canadian bitumen into ultralow-sulfur diesel while producing high-purity CO2 for enhanced oil recovery (EOR) and subsequent carbon capture and sequestration (CCS). The project, located near Edmonton, Alta. and run by the North West Redwater Partnership (Calgary, Alta., Canada; www.nwrpartnership.com), combines a set of proven technologies in a novel way to refine bitumen, a low-value heavy crude oil from oil sands, with a small environmental impact. The refining operation will involve conventional upgrading techniques, such as atmospheric and vacuum distillation, to produce material for hydrotreating and hydrocracking. The project also includes a hydrogen production unit that features Lurgi gasification technology from Air Liquide Global E&C Solutions (Frankfurt am Main, Germany; www.engineering solutions.airliquide.com). The Lurgi Multipurpose Gasification process generates synthesis gas from the refining residue, which is used in the hydrotreating and hydrocracking units, where low-sulfur diesel fuel is produced. The carbon monoxide in the syngas is converted for carbon dioxide and used for EOR. The refinery will also have a Claus unit for sulfur recovery. “Alberta…
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