Cogeneration for Canadian upgrader plant slows

A 187 MW cogeneration plant that helps Canadian Natural Resources run its Horizon upgrader has slowed production, according to the Alberta Electric System operator website.

An upgrader is a facility that upgrades bitumen (extra heavy oil) into synthetic crude oil.
Alberta, Canada
Bloomberg reports that the cogeneration plant, which processes natural gas to help supply the 110,000-barrel-a-day upgrader, reduced its “net to grid power” to zero on Oct. 7, the data showed. The plant’s average net output was 105 MW from Sept. 18 to Oct. 6.

Canadian Natural said Oct. 3 that maintenance previously planned for the third quarter has been delayed and is scheduled to begin at the upgrader later this week.

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