FORT SASKATCHEWAN, Alta. — Shell Canada company officials had a busy week travelling the country, as the petroleum company unveiled its ultra-low sulphur diesel (ULSD) projects at refineries in Quebec and Alberta.
Shell Canada president and CEO Clive Mather, along with employees, contractors, local community members and special guests, gathered for the inauguration on May 9 at the Montreal East Refinery and on May 10 at the Scotford Refinery, near Fort Saskatchewan, Alta.
“Completing a project of this magnitude, safely, on time and within budget, is a major accomplishment,” stated Mather. “Congratulations to everyone in our Oil Products business who executed the project. We are also delighted to share our success with the communities in which we work, and to thank the many people who have been part of this achievement.”
The company constructed two diesel hydrotreaters to reduce sulphur in on-road diesel by more than 90 per cent from previous levels. Construction of Shell’s $400-million project was completed in December 2005, followed by commissioning and start-up early in 2006, with fuel produced to specification by early March, well ahead of the June 1, 2006 federal regulation deadline.
“Shell Canada has committed significant financial and human resources to produce ULSD, a commitment which allows us to contribute to improved air quality for all Canadians,” said Mather.
The project provided economic benefits for local communities in Quebec and Alberta, creating approximately 1,800 construction and contract engineering jobs during its peak period. About 80 per cent of project costs were incurred in Canada through engineering, materials, labour and engineered equipment.
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