Imperial Oil, ExxonMobil’s majority-owned affiliate, have announced a new complex which will utilise hydrogen with carbon capture and storage (CCS) to produce renewable diesel.

The complex, set to be complete in 2024, will be constructed at its Strathcona refinery in Edmonton, Canada and is expected to produce approximately 20,000 barrels of renewable diesel per day. This could reduce emissions in the Canadian transportation sector by about 3 million metric tons per year.

Ian Carr, President of ExxonMobil Fuels & Lubricants Company, said, “Canada’s proposed low-carbon fuel policies incentivize the development of lower-emission fuels that can make meaningful contributions to the hard-to-decarbonize sectors of the economy, including transportation. 

“The Strathcona project is an example of how well-designed policies allow us to leverage our existing global facilities for capital efficiency, utilize our proprietary catalyst technology, and bring our decades of processing experience to develop low-emission fuels.”

Joe Blommaert, President of ExxonMobil Low Carbon Solutions, added, “ExxonMobil Low Carbon Solutions has made the broad commercialization of carbon capture and storage our initial focus, and we are seeing increased momentum for projects that include hydrogen and biofuels – areas that we are uniquely suited to address and advance in combination with CCS.”

“We strongly support an economy-wide price on carbon because it is the most efficient approach to changing behaviors and accelerating investments in low-emission technology. However, Canada’s Clean Fuel Regulation could be a model for other countries considering a sectoral approach. Technology-neutral, lifecycle carbon-intensity based fuels policies like the one proposed in Canada can quickly bring projects like Strathcona to scale and rapidly reduce emissions at a low cost to society.”