As one of North America’s most modern and efficient petrochemical facilities, Scotford has a significant impact on Shell Canada’s operations.
Located in Strathcona County, 45 km northeast of Edmonton, Alberta, Shell opened a refinery and chemical plant on the Scotford site in 1984. Scotford was the first refinery to exclusively process synthetic crude oil from Alberta’s oil sands. In 2000, a glycols plant was also opened at Scotford.
In 2003, Shell opened an upgrader at Scotford to process bitumen from Shell Albian Sands north of Fort McMurray as part of the Athabasca Oil Sands Project, a joint venture among Shell Canada, Chevron Canada and Marathon Oil. The upgrader was expanded in 2011 and a Shell’s flagship carbon capture and storage facility – called Quest – was added in 2015.
Shell Scotford employs about 1,100 people. This includes roughly 650 employees who work full time at the upgrader and about 450 who work at the refinery. Additionally, contractors provide support for both routine operations and major maintenance activities. The number of contractors on site at any given time varies according to the type of work underway.
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