CALGARY, March 23 /CNW/ - Shell Canada Limited is pleased to announce the successful completion of its $400 million construction of two diesel hydrotreaters to produce ultra low sulphur diesel fuel at its Montreal East and Scotford refineries, well ahead of new federal regulations that take effect June 1, 2006.
The units allow Shell to reduce sulphur levels in on-road diesel to fewer than 15 parts per million (ppm), down more than 90 per cent from previous levels. Construction finished in December 2005, followed by commissioning and start-up early in 2006, with fuel produced to specification by early March.
"Shell has demonstrated its ability to execute a major construction project such as this in a challenging labour market and do it safely, on time and within budget," said David Weston, Senior Vice President, Oil Products, Shell Canada Limited.
"This significant investment to reduce sulphur in fuel will contribute to improved air quality for all Canadians, building on Shell's commitment to sustainable development."
In tandem with new vehicle emission regulations, the Sulphur in Diesel Fuel Regulations will reduce nitrogen oxides and particulate matter emissions from diesel-powered vehicles by approximately 90 per cent in current model year vehicles.
"This is a prime example of industry-government cooperation," said Weston. "Shell Canada has once again shown leadership through its commitment to the environment by working to meet the government's clean air objectives."
The diesel hydrotreater projects have provided significant economic benefits for local communities in Quebec and Alberta. Approximately 1,800 construction and contract engineering jobs were created during the project's peak period. About 80 per cent of project costs were incurred in Canada through engineering, materials, labour and engineered equipment.
"We are immensely proud of our skilled team of professionals who, along with contractors and trades, share in the success of this project," said Weston.
Fluor Canada Ltd. was responsible for overall project management, with the assistance of Colt Engineering at Scotford and BPR-Bechtel at Montreal East.
Shell was the first nation-wide refiner capable of producing low sulphur gasoline when it started up its gasoline hydrotreaters in late 2002, following an investment of $150 million.
Shell Canada Limited is one of the largest integrated petroleum companies in Canada with its headquarters in Calgary. It has three major businesses: Exploration and Production with extensive onshore and offshore operations producing natural gas, natural gas liquids and bitumen; Oil Sands which has developed a major integrated mining and upgrading operation; and Oil Products which manufactures, distributes and markets refined petroleum products across Canada. Shell's three refineries convert crude oil into low sulphur gasoline and diesel fuel, aviation fuels, solvents, lubricants, asphalt and heavy fuel oils. Shell products are supplied to retail, commercial and road transport markets through Shell's Canada-wide network of Shell- and private-branded retail and cardlock sites.