Shell begins preparatory work on ultra-low-sulfur diesel hydrotreater units
CALGARY, ALTA-As a key part of its $400-million investment to bring ultra-low-sulfur diesel to the Canadian marketplace ahead of new federal regulations, Shell Canada has begun preparatory work at its Montreal East and Scotford (near Edmonton) refineries to complete two new diesel hydrotreater units by early 2006 (the regulations come into effect June 1, 2006). The units will allow Shell to reduce sulfur levels in diesel to 15 parts per million (ppm), down 95% from current levels. In October 2003, Shell announced a 20-year agreement with Suncor by which Suncor will construct a hydrotreater at its Sarnia refinery to reduce sulphur in diesel for both companies ELW November 3, 2003). Shell Canada has selected recognized global contractors to manage the projects. Fluor Canada is responsible for overall project management, with the assistance of Colt Engineering at Scotford and BPR-Bechtel at Montreal East.