Husky Lloydminster Upgrader Surpasses 500 Million Barrels

The Husky Lloydminster Upgrader shipped its 500 millionth barrel of finished product in April.
The Husky Lloydminster Upgrader shipped its 500 millionth barrel of finished product in April.

In April, the Husky Lloydminster Upgrader shipped its 500 millionth barrel of finished product. The Upgrader, which officially opened in 1992, is located east of Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, and converts heavy oil into Husky synthetic blend, ultra-low-sulphur diesel, and diluent.

The feedstock for the 77,000 barrel per day Upgrader is comprised of heavy oil from deposits in northeastern Alberta and western Saskatchewan. This heavy oil is mixed with lighter hydrocarbons (diluent) to reduce the viscosity, allowing it to flow easier through pipelines to the Upgrader.

“This milestone is a significant accomplishment for Husky,” says Al MacLauchlan, Vice President of Canadian Downstream. “The Upgrader adds value to the basic commodities that Husky produces by converting them to premium products.”

Husky has been producing heavy oil in the Lloydminster area since 1947. By removing the volatility from light/heavy oil differentials, the upgrader plays an important role in Husky’s corporate strategy of balanced growth.