In Canada, Imperial Oil Ltd, a majority-owned affiliate of US-headed ExxonMobil Corporation, one of the largest publicly traded international energy companies, has announced that it is moving forward with previously announced plans to produce renewable diesel at a new complex at its Strathcona refinery in Edmonton, Alberta (AB).
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According to a statement, Imperial Oil will invest about US$560 million to move forward with the construction of the largest renewable diesel facility in Canada.
The complex would utilize locally grown plant-based feedstock and hydrogen with carbon capture and storage (CCS) as part of the manufacturing process.
The project at Imperial’s Strathcona refinery is expected to produce 20 000 barrels of renewable diesel per day and could help reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the Canadian transportation sector by about 3 million tonnes per annum, as determined in accordance with Canada’s Clean Fuel Regulation.
The facility is a part of the corporation’s plans through 2027 to invest approximately US$17 billion in lower-emission initiatives.
The Strathcona project is another example of how we are investing in advantaged facilities and applying our leading technology and decades of experience to develop lower-emission solutions for customers. We continue to focus investments on markets like Canada, where well-designed policies support technologies that reduce life-cycle emissions, said Karen McKee, President of ExxonMobil Product Solutions.
Imperial’s renewable diesel facility will use low-carbon hydrogen produced with CCS technology to help Canada meet low-emission fuel standards.
Imperial has entered into an agreement with Air Products for low-carbon hydrogen supply and is developing agreements with other third parties for biofeedstock supply.
The low-carbon hydrogen and biofeedstock will be combined with a proprietary catalyst to produce premium lower-emission diesel fuel and will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector, relative to conventional fuels.
Site preparation and initial construction are underway. Renewable diesel production is expected to start in 2025.
The project is expected to create about 600 direct construction jobs, along with hundreds more through investments by business partners.