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Successful Turnaround at Heartland Offgas Planthttp://www.auxsable.com/sites/catalog/Lists/NewsroomFeaturedStories/DispForm.aspx?ID=1Successful Turnaround at Heartland Offgas Plant<p style="text-align:justify;">January 13, 2014 - Aux Sable Canada recently completed the successful turnaround of its Heartland Offgas Plant (HOP) in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The facility, the first of its kind in Alberta, processes offgas from Shell's Scotford site in Alberta's Industrial Heartland. Hydrogen, ethane, propane-plus mix and residue gas, are processed at the facility and returned to Shell through adjacent pipelines. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">To coincide with a similar activity at Scotford, the HOP plant underwent a six week turnaround – the first since its commissioning in 2010.</p><p>During a turnaround every element of the facility undergoes rigorous testing and evaluation, this work is a preventative safeguard and ensures that equipment is working as it should.  Approximately 8000 man hours were spent as part of the process. <img class="ms-rtePosition-2 ms-rteImage-2" alt="Ariel view 6.JPG" src="/sites/catalog/PublishingImages/Lists/NewsroomFeaturedStories/AllItems/HOP.story2.jpg" style="margin:20px 25px;width:443px;height:302px;" /><br></p><p> <span class="ms-rteStyle-Quote">Some highlights include:</span></p><ul><li>Integrity inspection on process vessels </li><li>Seventeen process vessels were internally inspected requiring confined space entries</li><li>Serviced all (75) process safety relief valves</li><li>Preventative maintenance on three compressors</li><li>Conducted Emergency System Device tests to ensure all emergency isolation valves function properly.<br></li></ul> <br> <p style="text-align:left;">The turnaround was completed on time, on budget, and most importantly, safely - with Zero Lost Time Incidents. "Personnel safety is a primary focus for Aux Sable," said Todd Janzen, Director, Engineering and Operations. "Maintaining outstanding Environmental, Health and Safety performance is a core value and has been made possible through the leadership and teamwork of all of our employees. A turnaround is a time of heightened activity onsite, including the presence of numerous outside contractors. The diligence and safety focus demonstrated by our Operations Team during this turnaround has been second to none and we are extremely pleased with their results." </p><p style="text-align:left;">ASC commissioned the 20 mmcfd Heartland Offgas Plant in 2010 and was the first company in Alberta to extract ethane and hydrogen from an upgrader or refinery offgas stream.  The offgas resulting from upgrading and refining activities is a valuable and growing source of new feedstock for Alberta's petrochemical industry. By processing refinery or upgrader offgas, removing valuable NGLs and using natural gas rather than offgas in industrial furnaces, reduces the environmental footprint of Alberta's oil patch.</p><img alt="Turnaround Small.png" src="/sites/catalog/PublishingImages/Lists/NewsroomFeaturedStories/AllItems/Turnaround%20Small.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;MARGIN:5px 5px;" />