Strathcona Refinery • S umm er 2012
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Improvements result in best-
ever year for energy efficiency
Strathcona refinery reduces its energy use by eight percent since 2008
and has plans for further efficiencies
Energy Improvement Leader
Ian Walford’s primary responsibility at Strathcona accepted index. In fact, our energy- Ian Walford
refinery is an important one. As the site’s energy efficiency rating for 2011 was
improvement leader, his role is to help identify and eight percent better than in 2008, which is a dramatic
implement ways in which the refinery can produce improvement in our industry.”
petroleum fuels and other products while using as
“It’s also worth noting,” Walford adds, “that the natural
little energy as possible.
gas we saved in 2011 versus prior years would heat more
“Refining is a very energy-intensive The natural gas than a thousand typical Edmonton-area
homes for a year.”
business,” Walford explains. “The less
energy we use in our operations, the more we saved in 2011
The improvements have come from a
natural resources we conserve and the would heat more highly systematic management process
less greenhouse gases we release into the
than a thousand coupled with a tightly disciplined and
atmosphere. It’s good business and good
sustained focus by every employee, in
for the environment, which are both Edmonton-area every job. All refineries in Imperial’s
good for the community.”
homes for a year. network benefit from having access to a
The drive to improve energy efficiency multinational team of energy-efficiency
at Strathcona has shown steadily improving results in experts who conduct a detailed review of operations and
recent years, Walford says. “For three consecutive years provide a detailed list of ideas for improvement, both
(2009 through 2011) the amount of energy consumed in minor and major, based on world-wide best practices.
our operations per barrel of crude oil processed has been Strathcona refinery’s last visit from the team was in
reduced, and in 2011, we had our best year ever in terms late 2009 and since then they’ve worked very hard to
of energy efficiency, as measured by an internationally implement improvements.
Significant improvement initiatives have already
begun including upgrading furnaces and improving
both operating and maintenance procedures to
eliminate waste and increase efficiency. In addition,
the introduction of computer-based, real-time
operations monitoring and controls systems have
dramatically improved energy use compared with
And, despite the new record, further energy-use
improvements are coming, Walford says. “Among other
initiatives, we are planning a significant upgrade to our
air compressor unit, which is a major energy-consuming
operation. Overall, we’ll invest in new, energy-efficiency
Natural gas is needed for the many furnaces that heat distillation towers equipment while sticking to our ongoing commitment to
and other operating units. operate what we already have as efficiently as possible.”
In the Community
Imperial is committed to helping our communities remain strong, healthy and
prosperous. We support numerous community organizations and initiatives through
donations, sponsorship and volunteerism.
Here are some community events and projects we supported in 2011 and 2012:
Occupational Health learn about biodiversity using a combination of
Imperial announced a $450,000 donation over four outdoor exploration and online adventure.
A group of clean-shaven electricians
at the Strathcona refinery grew years to the University of Alberta’s Department To learn more about Natural Treasure, visit:
mustaches for the 2011 Movember of Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine and http://naturaltreasure.gettoknow.ca/
campaign, which is held each Dentistry. The money will be used to develop
November to raise money and
and support the new Foundation Course in
awareness for men’s health,
specifically prostate cancer. Occupational Medicine aimed at teaching Imperial and CEP Local 21A, along with a gift
community-based physicians how to recognize from the Imperial Oil Foundation, raised $398,000
occupational problems, what is the best way for the United Way of the Alberta Capital Region
to handle the injury or disease, and when it’s during the annual employee campaign. The 2011
appropriate to go back to work. campaign was the biggest to date and involved
various fundraisers including pizza lunches, raffles
Each year, there are about 100,000 Workers’ and silent auctions.
Compensation Board claims in Alberta. The program,
launching in September, will enable physicians to In addition to the funds raised, employees and
better treat and diagnose patients with occupational retirees also donated their time. Each year, one
injuries and diseases and manage their return to work. employee from the site is loaned to the United
Imperial was once again a proud Way for a three-month period. Day of Caring
sponsor of the Provincial Skills projects are also an important component of the
Canada Competition held May 10-11,
2012 in Edmonton. Since 1998, the
annual event. Thirty-five people volunteered for
Imperial Oil Foundation has provided Day of Caring projects totalling 96 volunteer
$130,000 to Skills Canada Alberta. hours throughout the campaign.
Job Safety Skills Society
For the past 10 years, Imperial has been supporting
the Job Safety Skills Society. The society provides
extensive school-based programs on workplace
Marilyn Kandt (left), VP of the Imperial Oil Foundation, health and safety-education, and aims to prevent
presents a cheque for the new Foundation Course in future incidents by ensuring that all youth are
Occupational Medicine. properly prepared to be safe workers.
Imperial has supported the Natural Treasure Over the years, Imperial has provided
Edmonton Symphony Orchestra $140,000 to the organization. Recent
since 1998, and has donated Imperial donated $20,000 to help launch Natural
funding helped implement the Job Safe
$115,000 over the years. Current Treasure. In September 2011, the program began
funding supports the Symphony in the Classroom and Beyond program,
at the John Janzen Nature Centre. The initiative,
For Kids, the only professional which meets the teaching needs for
orchestral music program for families from the Robert Bateman Get to Know Program,
the new safety curriculum
in Central/Northern Alberta. provides youth with “hands-on” opportunities to
introduced by Alberta Education.
Imperial‘s volunteers make a difference JOB SAFETY SKILLS SO
Imperial’s Volunteer Involvement Program (VIP) supports employees, retirees and spouses
in their volunteer activities by providing grants to eligible organizations.
Imperial retiree puts engineering background to good use in Fort Edmonton Park
All visitors to the famous and popular Fort Edmonton Park get to admire Doug Warren’s volunteer handiwork
and many enjoy it in a more active and exciting way, as well. Warren, an Imperial retiree currently engaged
as a work process improvement consultant at the refinery, serves on the volunteer team who designed, built,
decorated and operate the full-scale working replica of an early 20th century carousel on the park’s 1920 Street,
including hand-carving and painting the “go-round horses” and elaborate panels.
Having helped restore antique vehicles for the street’s recreated “Motordrome” car dealership, Warren joined a team of volunteer carvers and painters who
spent 50,000-plus person hours on the carousel project and later created two hand-cranked “juvenile rides” for toddlers known as “Chair-O-Planes” and the
“Menagerie Carousel.” Later, his engineering and project management experience with Imperial led to his managing the carousel assembly and the facility that
houses it. Warren and the group are still at it – currently recreating an early-1900s-era “Mangels Ride,” which Warren describes as a “Chair-O-Plane” for adults.
Imperial Oil | Neighbour News | Strathcona Refinery | Summer 2012
Issue Indicator 2009 2010 2011 Comments
Air quality Sulphur dioxide (SO2) 4114 3979 3942 Sulphur dioxide performance was similar to 2010. The slight decrease
(tonnes) is due to reduced flaring and improved site-wide sulphur recovery.
Nitrogen oxides (NOx) 1595 1675 1549 Oxides of nitrogen performance was improved from 2010. Improved
(tonnes) calculation methodology and reduced combustion within operating furnaces,
boilers and flare are the main reasons for the decrease.
Volatile organic compounds (VOC) 561 584 645 VOC emissions increased from 2010. The increase is due to higher ketone
(tonnes) emissions and generally higher storage tank temperatures. It is noted that
ketone emissions per barrel of lube oil processed decreased from 2010;
however an increase in lube oil production caused more ketone emissions.
Regulatory Environmental regulatory incidents 2 4 0 There were no recordable regulatory compliance incidents during 2011.
compliance (One event can lead to multiple exceedances)
(Number of times
were temporarily exceeded)
Spills Number of oil and chemical spills 4 2 4 Through the environmental business planning process, the refinery has
(> one barrel) increased its focus on spill prevention. Experts from within the organization
completed a peer–assisted review late in 2011 to help reduce spills.
This work continues through 2012.
Water quality Oil and grease (kg/day) 8.2 6.4 3.6 The refinery has been promoting a no oil/no chemical to refinery sewer mindset
(includes all water across all operating units. This program is responsible for the improved result.
discharged to the North
Saskatchewan River, Total suspended solids includes organic 44.1 53.7 35.7 Suspended solids are typically related to stormwater flow to the refinery
matter and silt (kg/day) sewer system. Flows were reduced in 2011 compared to 2010.
including storm water that
enters the refinery’s water
Ammonia (kg/day) 1.0 0.7 0.4 The refinery has been promoting a no oil/no chemical to refinery sewer
handling system) mindset across all operating units. This program is responsible for the
Greenhouse gas Direct GHGs from running our operations 1355 1486 1479 Improved energy management has allowed GHG emissions to remain constant
(thousand tonnes of CO2 equivalent) despite increases in production that should have driven emissions higher.
Indirect GHGs from purchased 352 397 409 Purchased electricity rose slightly from 2010 in order to meet the demands
of increased production.
electricity (thousand tonnes of CO2 equivalent)
Total GHGs Total direct + indirect purchased 1707 1883 1888 We continue to pursue opportunities to reduce GHGs through improved
(thousand tonnes of CO2 equivalent) energy efficiency (see cover story).
Number of employees 450 450 450 This represents the total number of on-site employees.
Employment The 2011 increase in the number of contractors was due to increased
Number of contractors (average daily number) 200 225 500 construction and maintenance at the Strathcona refinery. These numbers
are expected to remain flat or increase into 2012.
Employees 0.22 0.22 0.68
We had a disappointing year in 2011 with three employee recordable injuries.
Contractors 0.40 0.34 0.15 We had a best ever year in 2011 for contractor safety, with one recordable injury.
incident rate Petroleum products industry employees 0.50 0.47 0.50
(Number of incidents (Does not include occupational illnesses) Although we continue to outperform industry safety statistics for contractors,
per 200,000 hours worked) we had a disappointing year in 2011 with three employee recordable injuries.
Petroleum products industry contractors 0.48 0.71 0.75
(Does not include occupational illnesses)
Thirty-five employees and retirees volunteered a total of 96 hours during
United Way $394K $394K $398K Day of Caring events. The total donation included Imperial and CEP Local 21A
campaign donations and a corporate gift.
Imperial views community investments not simply as a responsibility,
Total community contributions $645K $638K $346K but as an essential component in building strong and healthy communities.
Our total community giving across Canada in 2011 was nearly $15 million.
Celebrating 25 years of lost-time incident free work
On October 7, 2011, the Strathcona Refinery FPEC (Facilities, Project, Engineering and
Construction) Capital Projects Contractor Group achieved a world-class milestone, 25
years of project construction and five million exposure hours without a lost-time incident.
This achievement required the dedication and commitment of dozens of contractor
companies and thousands of contractor employees over the course of the past 25 years,
working with and alongside Imperial supervisors and employees.
There is no job in the refinery that is so important that it cannot be done safely.
The commitment of Imperial to the people on our site is that we will never compromise
Imperial Oil | Neighbour News | Strathcona Refinery | Summer 2012
From the Manager
Neighbour News interviews new Refinery Manager Fabio Garagiola about the experience
he brings to the refinery, as well as his thoughts on the future of the refinery’s operations
You’re new to the role of Strathcona evaluating new technologies, including a COGEN
refinery manager. Can you tell us a bit about facility, which would increase power generation
your background? efficiency and address reliability issues caused by
external power supply.
FG: I began my career with Exxon in Italy shortly
after graduating with a Chemical Engineering What current employment opportunities are
degree from the Politecnico di Milano in 1988. available at the Strathcona refinery?
I spent my entire career quite evenly split between
FG: The demographics at the Strathcona refinery
Refining and Supply, covering several headquarters
model that of Canada. We have had many
Supply positions in Rome, Fairfax and the United
employees retire over the past year, and it is a trend
Kingdom both in product and crude optimization.
we expect to see continue. Over the next five to
In particular, I would mention my experience in
“It is the Fairfax as the first Mediterranean Crude optimizer
10 years, we will need to fill many mechanical,
technical and process operating positions.
responsibility of and my assignment in the UK to start up the
product optimization group for Europe. In order to support our future workforce, Imperial
managers and In Refining, I had several assignments in technical, invests in community programs that introduce
supervisors to model process, refining coordination and projects, students of all ages to employment opportunities
including an international assignment with Esso within the oil and gas industry. The programs range
working safely and Engineering Europe. My last assignment was in from focusing on safety to learning about trades.
to enforce safety the ExxonMobil Augusta refinery in Italy, where We are proud to support both the University
I had been the refinery manager since 2007. of Alberta through its Foundation Course in
expectations.” Occupational Medicine and NAIT, with the
I strongly believe that it is important for managers
to work in the field and gain knowledge and Imperial Oil Entrance to Instrumentation
insight that can only be provided by those who Scholarship. We also hire numerous co-op students.
work there and have for many years. In turn, it Each year, our recruitment department conducts
is the responsibility of managers and supervisors career fairs and information sessions across
to model working safely and to enforce safety Canada. In 2011, our team was at the University
expectations in and out of the field. of Alberta and, in early 2012, we were at NAIT.
On the newsletter’s cover, we talked about the If you are interested in our current job opportunities or
energy efficiency improvements at the refinery. career fairs in the area, visit: http://imperialoil.ca/careers.
How will you sustain these improvements in
How to reach us future years?
If you detect any unusual FG: As was mentioned in the cover story, our
odours, sights or sounds, systematic management processes and sustained
please call the refinery
focus by every employee have been key for our
24-hours a day at 780-449-3776
(ESSO). We would be pleased energy efficiency improvement. In addition to
to hear your comments – those already completed, we have a healthy series
please call, email or write: of energy efficiency initiatives planned for the
Community relations office
coming years. Project discipline, combined with
at 780-449-8571 employee commitment, will allow us to sustain
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What it means when you hear our alarms
Strathcona refinery’s emergency warning system consists of a series of air horn alarms to alert our personnel of potential emergencies
at the site. These alarms are tested every Monday at noon. Should you hear an alarm outside of this testing period, a call from police
or an alert on radio or television will advise if an emergency can affect you. You can also call the UPDATEline at any time for current information.
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