Praxair has entered into a long-term agreement with North
West Redwater Partnership (NWR) to build, own and operate
an air separation facility at NWRs Sturgeon refinery near Edmonton, Alberta,
officials said on Monday.
The new air separation plant will be able to produce
2,000 tpd of oxygen and associated volumes of nitrogen and
merchant argon. The plant is scheduled to start up in 2016 and
will be Praxairs third world-scale plant in the
Praxair has been supporting this project for several years and we are
pleased to continue our participation as it moves into the construction and operating
phases, said Matt White, president of Praxair Canada.
Our extensive experience in both Alberta and supporting
refining operations globally enables
us to play an important role in NWRs ongoing
The NWR gasification process will consume oxygen to produce
hydrogen, which is used to upgrade bitumen into diesel and
other higher value hydrocarbon products. Initially, the refinery will convert 50,000 bpd of
bitumen, supplied by the Alberta Petroleum Marketing Commission
(75%) and Canadian Natural Resources Ltd (25%).
This refinery will be the first built in
Alberta in over 30 years.
"Praxair will be a key partner in the start-up of this new
project," said Larry Vadori, senior
vice president at NWR. "The high reliability of supply and
operational efficiencies that Praxair offers will be critical
factors in our continued success.