The Peace River Complex is located about 40 kilometres northeast of Peace River, Alberta and produces bitumen through thermal recovery methods.
Employees: The Peace River Complex employs about 100 people.
Capacity: The plant is currently licensed to produce 12,500 barrels of bitumen per day annual average.
Bitumen is a form of crude oil so heavy it has to be heated, diluted or processed with lighter hydrocarbons in order to flow through pipelines
The bitumen is blended with locally supplied condensates for pipeline injection. The bitumen blend stream is marketed to refiners with heavy oil refining capabilities and is a preferred feedstock for producing asphalt.
The oil sands beneath our Peace River leases contain several billion barrels of bitumen in place. We currently use both cold and thermal recovery techniques to extract bitumen from these leases.
Shell began producing bitumen from its Peace River oil sands leases in 1979 with the Peace River In Situ Pilot project (PRISP). The Peace River Complex, which began operations in 1986, produces bitumen using thermal recovery methods. In thermal or enhanced oil recovery, steam-generated heat and pressure warm the bitumen to allow it to be pumped to surface.
To contact the Peace River Complex call (780) 624-6800.
If you need to report an emergency call 9-1-1 and (780) 624-3547.
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