North West Upgrading Awards Lurgi EPC Contract

    Lurgi to Execute Gasifier Silo for North West Upgrader

    CALGARY, Nov. 19 /CNW/ - North West Upgrading (North West), a
Calgary-based, privately-owned company building an independent, heavy oil
Upgrader in Sturgeon County, Alberta, today announced it has awarded Lurgi AG
of Frankfurt Germany an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC)
contract for the execution of the gasifier silo for North West's Upgrader
Project. Lurgi, an Air Liquide subsidiary, is a leading international company
operating in the field of process engineering and plant contracting. Lurgi has
in turn retained KBR, a leading global engineering, construction and services
company with experience in Alberta, as the subcontractor to complete pipe
fabrication, module fabrication as well as field execution.
    This major contract, worth in excess of $500 million, encompasses the
design, procurement and construction of a new 120 MMSCFD gasification-based
hydrogen plant that will include Lurgi's proprietary Multi Purpose
Gasification (MPG(R)) and Rectisol(R) gas sweetening processes. High purity
hydrogen produced from the gasifier unit will be used within the upgrader
processes to make valuable products such as Ultra Low Sulphur Diesel. High
purity CO2 will be captured from the process and sold for enhanced oil
recovery applications.
    "Gasification of bitumen bottoms to make hydrogen is the way of the
future in upgrading and refining in Alberta; Lurgi brings a strong history of
worldwide gasification and gas processing experience to North West," said Rob
Pearce, President, North West Upgrading. "We're confident in their capacity
and capability to ensure that this project remains on track and on schedule."
    Lurgi has over 60 years of gasification experience and is a world leader
in gas technologies that produce synthesis gas and downstream products such as
hydrogen from numerous feedstocks.
    Mechanical completion and commissioning of the gasification-based
hydrogen plant is expected in the first half of 2011.

    About North West Upgrading

    North West Upgrading Inc. is a Calgary-based, privately-owned company
committed to building an independent, heavy oil upgrader in Alberta's
Industrial Heartland. The North West Upgrader will enhance the economic value
of Alberta's bitumen and heavy oil production by producing light, low sulphur
products and diluent. The Upgrader will have a total processing capacity of
231,000 barrels per day of blended feedstock over three phases. North West
anticipates it will achieve start up for the first phase in 2011. All three
phases are expected to be operating by 2015.

    About Lurgi

    Lurgi is a leading technology based contractor offering its process
engineering and plant construction services worldwide. Lurgi's strength lies
in its technological leadership founded on proprietary and exclusively
licensed processes. In addition to its gas technologies, Lurgi offers
petrochemical and renewable resource technologies such as bio-ethanol and
    Lurgi was acquired by Air Liquide on July 21, 2007. It is part of the Air
Liquide world wide engineering operation with more than 3000 employees. Please
visit for more information.

    About KBR

    KBR is a global engineering, construction and services company supporting
the energy, petrochemicals, government services and civil infrastructure
sectors. The company offers a wide range of services through its Upstream and
Downstream, Technology, Services, Government and Infrastructure and Ventures
business segments. For more information, visit

For further information:

For further information: Editorial contact: Shauna MacDonald for North
West Upgrading, P: (403) 538-5645, C: (403) 585-4570,

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