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Scotford Upgrader and Conversion

Adding approximately 100,000 barrels per day of capacity

Shell Canada

40 km northeast of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada


Project Management, Engineering, Construction, Technologies



Project Details

  • The Scotford Upgrader Expansion project is part of the Athabasca Oil Sands Project (AOSP) Expansion 1, which will add approximately 100,000 barrels per day of capacity to the AOSP bitumen mining and upgrading facilities.
  • KBR’s ROSE® solvent deasphalting technology was selected in 2005 for use at the Scotford Upgrader. This ROSE unit is designed to deasphalt hydrocracked atmospheric residue.
  • In 2007, KBR was selected to build 160 modules and perform construction work for the Atmospheric and Vacuum (A&V) unit and Sulphur Recovery Unit (SRU).
  • Approximately 800 personnel performed field construction and module services work at peak construction.

Project Highlights

  • KBR’s work on the Scotford Upgrader Expansion exemplifies our ongoing commitment to Shell and to the Canadian oilsands market. Our participation in this project not only allows KBR to showcase its oilsands refining expertise, but also demonstrates our standard of excellence relative to project execution and completion.
  • As the premier deasphalting technology, KBR’s ROSE supercritical solvent deasphalting process helps refining and upgrading industries improve profit margins. Through the use of ROSE, KBR offers energy-efficient, reliable, commercially proven technology to the expanding upgrading industry, particularly in Canada.
  • Deasphalted oil extracted by the ROSE process is low in sulfur, metals and Conradson carbon, and can either be further refined or blended directly into Shell’s synthetic crude product. Asphaltene from the ROSE unit can be either blended into fuel oil products or converted into solid pellets.
  • KBR’s ROSE technology is used by refineries and upgraders worldwide for processing heavy crude oils. It provides owners a cost-effective option for achieving maximum yields of high-value transport fuels while reducing the production of low-value fuel oil.
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