Praxair Inc. has revealed that North West Upgrading Inc. (NWU) has selected Praxair Canada Inc. to provide the industrial gases needed for its heavy oil Upgrader in Sturgeon County, Alberta, Canada.

North West’s process eliminates the production of coke, uses gasification to make hydrogen from the heaviest components of bitumen, and enables the capture of pure carbon dioxide.

Under the agreement, Praxair will build a large state-of-the art air separation plant, equipped with advanced process controls and energy-efficient process cycles.

Reflecting on the deal, Rob Hossack, Managing Director for Praxair Canada Inc, said, “We are proud to have been selected by NWU for this major project and are committed to growing with and providing value to NWU and the Heartland.”

Rob Pearce, Senior Vice President of Corporate Development for North West Upgrading, was equally enthusiastic as he commented, “NWU is pleased to select Praxair as its partner for meeting its industrial gases requirement for this project. This signifies another important step in bringing North West’s project to fruition.”

Praxair Canada Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Praxair Inc.