Plans Approved for Lloydminster’s Billion-Dollar Upgrader
It was built in Saskatchewan, but Alberta engineers played a major role developing the $1.6–billion Husky Energy heavy oil upgrader in Lloydminster, a city that literally straddles the borders of the two provinces. Plans were approved in 1988, and the first barrel of synthetic crude was produced in 1992.
About 3.2–million hours of engineering work went into the project, which was designed exclusively by Alberta and Saskatchewan firms.
Engineers designed Husky’s heavy oil upgrader in Lloydminster and continue to improve production at the plant. An expansion project underway in 2020 will help the company increase diesel production from 6,000 to 9,000 barrels per day.