Operations

Strathcona refinery

This refinery has legs. Often called the world’s most travelled refinery, our Strathcona refinery has made its way through hill and valley, war and peace, and through the ebbs and flows of Canada’s oil industry.

When our company discovered oil in Leduc in 1947, Alberta’s oil industry began to happen. But we knew we needed a refinery to turn that oil into valuable products.

This refinery made its way from Whitehorse on barges, trucks, rail and ice-roads to find its final home on the outskirts of Edmonton.

Today, a more modern version of the refinery provides products for Canada and the Northern U.S., and is one of the most safe, reliable and profitable refineries in North America. Our Cold Lake site (among others) provides us the kind of bitumen that helps us make the high-quality products, including asphalt that paves a third of Canada’s roads, along with a full range of gasoline, diesel, aviation fuels, motor oils and liquid petroleum gases.

Our products

Cold winters? Changing conditions? Vast countrysides with widespread communities? No problem. We keep Canada and North America running by creating products that can be trusted in all our conditions. Our transportation fuels and motor oils are constantly evolving due to our cutting-edge, in-house research, which allows us to keep pace with advancements in technology, environment, safety and regulatory requirements.

Synergy™ Fuel

Mobil™ industrial lubricants

Asphalt

Our people. The faces behind the brand.

Nearly 450 people work at our Strathcona refinery, supporting the brands that keep Canada moving. Engineers, lab technologists, safety professionals, tradespeople, administration staff and so many more of us are proud of what we create here.

We roll up our sleeves and get involved. For us, it’s more than just providing funding, it’s about working alongside organizations we support to make a difference in the community. This extends beyond a corporate philosophy as our employees are just as passionate about community involvement as the company. We have a strong volunteer culture and employees pitch in to help the many organizations we support – whether that’s delivering meals to seniors, packing food hampers for those in need or building backpacks with school supplies for inner city kids.

Nobody gets hurt

We don’t mind our own business when it comes to safety. We use the phrase actively care to describe how we look out for each other. It’s how we interact and how we step in when we see something that doesn’t look right.

Learn more about safety practices in our workforce.

“We’re proud of what we create here at Strathcona. Our products are a part of Canadian life, whether they pave roads, fuel flights or daily commutes. But there is so much more that goes into everything we create. Our appreciation for our community and our closest neighbours drives us to roll up our sleeves and get involved. Our care for the environment pushes us to invest in the future of technology, such as cogeneration. We take pride in being a good neighbour and running as safely and reliably as possible.”
Dave Oldreive

refinery manager

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Risk management & safety

We take safety very seriously. It is unlikely an emergency will occur, but we are prepared to respond. Our teams are trained to respond to a variety of scenarios and we are supported by regional and North American emergency response teams.

Learn more about how we manage risk and safety.

As a member of the Strathcona District Mutual Assistance Program, we work closely with local emergency response organizations and local industry operators to practice and plan on joint emergency response.

Our environment and innovation

Faster. Safer. More efficient. We can’t stop, won’t stop doing things better to protect the environment and human safety here at Strathcona. Improving safety practices, operational and energy efficiencies and reducing emissions are always our goals.

Here are some examples of how we’re getting there.

The power of cogeneration

By 2020, our new cogeneration facility should be up and running, providing 75-80 percent of our refinery’s electricity needs and producing 41 megawatts of electricity annually.

Emissions leak detection

We’re advancing the use of optical imaging equipment to better detect and reduce these emissions here at the Strathcona refinery.

Wastewater management

As the City of Edmonton’s drinking water source, Strathcona Refinery understands the importance of maintaining the water quality of the North Saskatchewan River. Over the last five years, we have implemented changes to our wastewater treatment system to improve both the quality of our wastewater discharges to the North Saskatchewan River and the management of our wastewater during plant upsets and large rainfall events.

Our community

We have great neighbours. They make up vibrant communities that are a great place to live. We want to keep it that way. That’s why our community investment is more than just funding causes that matter. It’s about showing up in the community, working with people who truly make a difference… and being those people.

Days of Caring

Throughout the year, our employees, family members, contractors and retirees support different community programs through our monthly “Days of Caring” program. We sort coats, pack school supplies, serve lunch and snacks to those in need, put food hampers together, and roll up our sleeves for the community.

Fuelling important causes

We provide the fuel. They do the driving. At Strathcona Refinery, we’re recently partnered with Edmonton Meals on Wheels to provide meals and transportation to people in need.

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Contact us

General inquiries: 780-449-8110 or email us

Community relations office: 780-449-8571

24-hour line: 780-449-3776

As a member of the Strathcona Industrial Association, we post information about refinery operations on the industry UPDATEline. Neighbours can call 1-866-653-9959 to hear recorded information.

Latest information on our refinery

Our 2020 United Way of the Alberta Capital Region campaign concludes with our first-ever virtual wrap-up tomorrow night, including campaign highlights, raffle draws and entertainment by local Edmonton performer Martin Kerr. COVID-19 has challenged ...

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CASA Foundation (CASA Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health) provides such an important service in the greater Edmonton region, including Strathcona County, and central and northern Alberta. We’re proud to partner with them during our Fuel Wha...

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Imperial is donating $5 to mental health organizations across Canada for every download of the Speedpass+ app from October 14 to 28, to a maximum of $140,000. Here at at Strathcona Refinery funds are being directed towards CASA Foundation (CASA Chil...

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If the recent NHL playoffs taught us anything, it’s that people in our community LOVE a good old fashioned 50/50 draw. It’s because of that Guinness World Record-setting enthusiasm that we want to extend our annual Strathcona Refinery United Way 50/5...

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This is what a beautiful fall day looks like from high atop the Strathcona Refinery. Thanks Kam for sharing these amazing pics –a perspective many of us don’t get to see firsthand!

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Strathcona stories

Strathcona Refinery is fuelling home deliveries and making a difference

Our partnership with Meals on Wheels Edmonton

Strathcona refinery: 70 years and counting

Explore the site’s history, including when Queen Elizabeth visited for tea.

What is that flare?

A flame burning at the top of a pipe stack can look alarming. Although the sight of flares and the rumbling noise that sometimes accompanies flaring can cause concern, please remember that flaring is an important safety measure and environmental control tool that keeps our facilities running safely.