HARDISTY, ALTA. — The province of Alberta has approved the construction of Gibson Energy’s diluent recovery unit (DRU) at the Hardisty rail terminal. The province stated that the facility will increase Alberta’s takeaway capacity. Prior to loading onto rail cars, the DRU technology will remove diluent from blended bitumen, freeing up rail car capacity for additional oil. The recovered diluent will be reused by upstream oil sands producers.
Government’s approval allows the project to proceed to the next stages of development, including additional environmental approvals, before construction can begin. Gibson estimates the project could begin in April be operational in the second quarter of 2021.
“Approving this project demonstrates our government’s commitment to supporting innovative technology and enhancing our reputation as a leader in responsible energy development,” said Sonya Savage, minister of energy. “Projects like this attract new investment, create jobs and strengthen our energy industry.”
Gibson is a Canadian-based oil infrastructure company with its principal businesses consisting of the storage, optimization, processing, and gathering of crude oil and refined products. Headquartered in Calgary, the company’s operations are focused around its core terminal assets located at Hardisty and Edmonton. Its assets also include a Moose Jaw Facility and an infrastructure position in the U.S.