September 2007

Special Report: Refining Developments

Oil sands: Vision resource for the energy industry

The Alberta government is working with industry on ways to diversify the markets for increasing oil sands output to include the export of gasoline, diesel and petrochemical products

Confrotte, E., McGinnis, J., Ministry of Alberta Employment, Immigration & Industry

Development of Alberta's oil sands (bitumen) reserves are now the center of international media attention. More importantly, the refining industry is seriously investigating the processing scenarios for utilizing oil sands as a refinery feedstock (Fig. 1). High prices for crude oil and security concerns on oil supplies provide more momentum for the industry to investigate and invest in the infrastructures and technology improvement to upgrade bitumen and refine it into transportation fuels and petroleum products.   Fig. 1    Suncor's oil sands upgrading plant located in Fort McMurra

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