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$27-million contract awarded to automate oil sands project

Long Lake, AB -- Emerson Process Management, a business of Emerson, has won a $27-million contract to serve as gene...


Long Lake, AB — Emerson Process Management, a business of Emerson, has won a $27-million contract to serve as general automation contractor for a $2.6-billion oil sands extraction project in Alberta.

The Long Lake Oil Sands extraction project, 300 km north of Edmonton, Alta., is a joint venture by Canadian companies OPTI Canada Inc., and Nexen Inc. It will be the oil and gas industry’s first project to combine an oil sands extraction facility that recovers and dilutes bitumen with a field upgrader that processes the bitumen into synthetic crude. The operation will result in the production of approximately 60,000 barrels per day of synthetic crude within three years.

Emerson and Spartan Controls Ltd., its local business partner in Alberta, will also provide engineering, project management, commissioning, and ongoing maintenance and operations support.

By combining its automation and project management expertise with the front-end design and construction led by engineering and procurement contractors, Emerson expects the digital solution will assist OPTI Canada Inc. in delivering annual operations and maintenance savings of $4.2 million for the upgrader.

“We are extremely pleased with this opportunity to serve as general automation contractor and implement our Fieldbus automation technology to improve the efficiency and economics of oil sands processing,” said John Berra, president of Emerson Process Management. “We’re committed to helping the Long Lake Project achieve safety and operational excellence in the production of synthetic crude, while controlling costs.”