Williams Energy upgrading its ability to harvest petrochemicals from oilsands waste

REDWATER — Cranes are hoisting components into place at an extraordinary facility near here that is changing how oilsands companies handle the waste gases produced by bitumen upgraders.

The existing Williams Energy plant is a landmark because of its 100-metre tall, red-and-white splitter, which is the tallest fractionation tower in Canada. But the current expansion and future plans will change the volume and type of liquids recovered and could eventually provide enough feedstock to supply two new petrochemical plants and keep the current ones at Fort Saskatchewan and Joffre supplied.

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