Moose Jaw Refinery Debottleneck Project

Gibson Energy's heavy crude oil processing facility in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan refines products such as asphalt. KGS Group was tasked with front end engineering design (FEED), detailed design, procurement, contract administration and construction support to expand and increase the facility’s capacity.

The project included the addition of shell and tube heat exchangers, pressure vessels, electric driven pumps, steam turbine driven pumps, associated piping, structural support steel, equipment foundations, electric power supply infrastructure, instrumentation and controls. KGS used simulation modelling and 3D models to visualize designs and anticipate potential conflicts, ensuring a smoother implementation.

Ultimately, the expansion increased throughput capacity by approximately 30% — from 17,000 barrels per day to 22,000 barrels per day — with no increase in GHG emissions. This reduces the facility’s emissions per barrel of oil processed by approximately 20-25%.

With construction taking place while the facility was in operation, the team overcame logistical challenges, complex safety considerations and an aging facility to complete the project in June 2019, on time and within budget.