Location: About 170 km northwest of Calgary near Caroline, Alberta.
Products: Sales gas (methane), natural gas liquids, condensate and sulphur
Sales gas (methane) is shipped by pipeline to markets in Eastern Canada and the United States. It is used primarily for heating and electrical generation.
Natural gas liquids (NGL) include propane, butane and ethane. Propane is sold to domestic and U.S. distributors for heating, crop drying, auto fuel and petrochemical feedstock. Butane is shipped to refineries where it is used as a gasoline blending component and to petrochemical plants for use as a feedstock. Ethane is shipped by pipeline to petrochemical plants where it is used as a "building block" for a variety of chemicals and plastics.
Condensate is a petroleum liquid similar to unrefined gasoline. It is shipped by pipeline to refineries as a feedstock to convert crude oil into various finished petroleum products, or for use as a diluent that thins the heavy crude oil so that it will pump or move through a pipeline.
Sulphur is pipelined 41 km to the Shantz Sulphur Forming facility where it is formed into pellets and transported by rail to Vancouver for shipment to international markets. Sulphur is used to make a wide range of products from fertilizers to fabric to pharmaceuticals. Shell Canada is one of the largest independent marketers of sulphur in the world.
At the time of its discovery in 1986 by a team of Shell geologists and geophysicists, the Caroline field was Alberta’s largest natural gas discovery in 20 years. Its raw natural gas and gas liquids reserves were estimated at 56 billion cubic metres (2.1 trillion cubic feet).
The Shell Caroline Complex began operating in 1993. Constructed over a period of 30 months at a cost of $1 billion, it is the newest, most technologically advanced of Shell’s three sour gas processing facilities in western Canada.
Rocky and Chedderville Exploration – Shell is exploring a liquid rich shale opportunity in the Rocky Mountain House area. The emerging Duvernay play has 17 operating wells and continues to determine development potential. For more information on the Rocky or Chedderville exploration, please contact Marcie Nieman at 403 722-7035.
|Complex admin office:||1-800-565-0165 or (403) 722-7000||(8:00am - 4:30pm)|
|Contact Community Liason Officer for other inquiries:||1-403-722-7049||(Monday to Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm MST)|
|Report an odour or emergency:||Sundre Petroleum Operators Group at 1-800-567-0818 or the Caroline control room emergency number at (403) 722-2100.||-|