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Emerson completes automation and cloud engineering services for Canadian diesel refinery

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Hydrocarbon Engineering,

Emerson has completed a US$73 million contract for automation systems and cloud engineering services at North West Redwater Partnership’s Sturgeon Refinery.

The Alberta, Canada refinery uses innovative technology designed to produce ultra-low sulfur diesel for local consumption as well as for export to markets that demand low sulfur fuel.

The project team selected Emerson’s automation technologies to manage the refinery’s process control and safety system scope and help it begin producing diesel from synthetic crude oil in late 2017.

The Sturgeon Refinery, when fully operational, will convert diluted bitumen feedstock directly into ultra-low sulfur diesel while capturing carbon dioxide emissions.

The refinery will process 79 000 bpd of diluted bitumen, while simultaneously capturing an estimated 1.2 million tpy of carbon dioxide, which will act as a feedstock to assist in oil recovery of up to 1 billion bbls of light oil that would otherwise have been unreachable.

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