CNRL completes Horizon coker plant expansion

Synthetic crude production has begun, target is 250,000 bbl/d.

CALGARY — Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (CNRL) has completed the expansion of the coker plant (Phase 2A) at its Horizon site, and has begun the production of synthetic crude oil.

The Calgary-based energy oil and gas producer is increasing production capacity at Horizon, north of Fort McMurray, Alta. in the Athabasca region, to 127,000 bbl/d, up from 115,000 bbl/d.

Horizon production was taken offline for approximately 25 days as of Aug. 16 to complete tie-in work and perform routine maintenance.

The company said the coker tie-in and the increase in capacity was originally to be completed in mid-2015; however, with early completion of the installation, tie-in was accelerated to the middle of this year.

Phase 2A is one step in a staged expansion that will bring Horizon production capacity to 250,000 bbl/d. CNRL said Phase 2B is to be completed in late 2016 and will add 45,000 bbl/d of production capacity followed by Phase 3 which will add 80,000 bbl/d of production capacity targeted for late 2017.

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