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GE Motors To Aid Bitumen Refinery In Canada

Refinery will produce clean diesel fuel by 2015

Posted on March 6, 2013

Earlier this year, construction started on a refinery designed to reduce its environmental impact as it turns tarry bitumen crude into clean-burning diesel fuel.

GE’s Power Conversion business is supplying its 9000 series RCM large electric motors to drive the refinery’s reciprocating compressors as part of a US$14 million contract that includes related services. The refinery, located near Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, produces 150 000 bb/d of bitumen, and will incorporate an integrated CO2 management system.

The refinery, owned by the North West Redwater partnership, is expected to begin producing clean diesel fuel with fewer emissions and up to 30% higher fuel efficiency than gasoline by 2015. GE’s Series 9000-RCM motors are built to drive reciprocating compressors in the petrochemical industry, with ratings up to 13.8 kV and up to 16 000 kW. The partnership is a joint venture between North West Upgrading Inc. and Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.