Gibson Energy’s Moose Jaw Refinery refines and markets a variety of petroleum-derived products, including several grades of road asphalt roofing flux asphalt, and wellsite fluid products.
The facility has the capability of processing approximately 19,000 barrels per day of Western Canadian-produced crude oil. The refinery is Western Canada’s largest supplier of roofing flux. It also produces high quality road grade asphalt for Canadian and U.S. markets. Refined products include light and heavy naphtha, light and heavy distillate, diesel, gas oil and light sour crude oil. The refinery operates 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, and approximately 335 days per year.
From our base in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, we distribute our products by truck, rail and pipelines to markets in both Canada and the United States.
Heavy crude oil is transported via two independent pipelines and stored in large storage tanks. The cold feedstock is preheated and transferred to the desalter vessel, which removes trace water and salts. Demulsifiers are added to the desalter. The demulsifiers are added to help in separating oil from solids and water.
The crude heater partially vaporizes the crude to permit the distillation of naphtha and distillates in the upper atmospheric crude column.
Oil is pumped to the 70-foot-tall atmospheric tower, where the crude column is separated into lighter and heavier components.
Atmospheric tower bottoms are fed to the vacuum heater, while the heater outlet stream is sent directly to the vacuum tower.
The bottoms are further heated and distilled under vacuum conditions to produce a variety of asphalt grades.
Asphalts can also be enhanced by the use of modifiers, which improve the performance of the conventional asphalt.
Meanwhile, tops from the crude column and vacuum tower are combined and sold as feedstock. Tops – including gas oils, naphtha and distillates — are shipped through the South Saskatchewan Pipeline and the Enbridge Pipeline system to refineries in Eastern Canada or the U.S.
Tops from the Moose Jaw Refinery are further processed by other refineries to manufacture gasoline and diesel fuel.
Distillates can be further refined to create products such as burner fuel, wood preservative oil, cutter stock, de-dusting agents, as well as drilling and fracturing fluids used in the oil and gas industry.
The Moose Jaw Refinery processes over 6.3 million barrels (1,000,000 cubic metres) of crude per year, which produces approximately 2.80 million barrels (445,000 cubic metres) of asphalt. Typical Canadian asphalt grades produced are 85/100A, 150/200A and 200/300A.
The refinery has the capability of processing specific heavy crudes to produce the most demanding and specific Performance-Grade (PG) asphalts for North America.
The facility also manufactures Polymer Modified Asphalt (PMA). The refinery is the largest PMA manufacturing facility in Western Canada, and can produce up to 300 ST per day. PMA is a premium grade of asphalt in which elastomeric polymers are added to create paving grade asphalt with enhanced performance characteristics to deal with wide climatic and the corresponding temperature variations, like those in Canada.
Being integrated with Gibson’s other business segments, particularly the Truck Transportation group, is a natural fit for moving products produced at the Moose Jaw Refinery to customers. Gibson is the largest truck transporter of liquid asphalt in Western Canada. Safety and experience are hallmarks of Gibson’s asphalt-hauling services.
Besides paving asphalts, the Moose Jaw Refinery also produces cutback asphalt.
Cutbacks are a blend of asphalt cement and petroleum solvents (diluent). Upon exposure to atmospheric conditions the diluents evaporate, leaving the asphalt to perform its function of cementing and waterproofing.
The MC (medium-curing) cutbacks are popular for sealant purposes, prime and tack coats, crack filling, and for mixing with gravel for patching holes in pavement.
The SC (slow-curing) cutbacks are used on many rural roads for cold-mix applications.
All MC and SC cutbacks, with the exception of MC 800 and MC 3000, are blended through aromatic in-line blenders directly into tank trucks. The majority of our road asphalt is shipped by tank trucks.
Roofing Flux Asphalt
The refinery produces roofing flux by processing specific Western Canadian crude oil streams. Access to these crude oil streams is paramount, and the ability to batch process allows the refinery to ensure a consistent, predictable, roofing flux material, particularly for the large U.S. market.
Moose Jaw Refinery’s wellhead fluids are recognized by the Canadian oil patch for their premium quality and reliability. These fluids are marketed through Gibson Energy, which manages the inventory and supply through a network of stock points across Western Canada. The Company’s specialized truck transportation division facilitates quick and safe delivery of these products.
MC Asphalt Cutbacks:
- MC 30
- MC 70
- MC 250
- MC 500
- MC 800
- MC 3000
SC Asphalt Cutbacks:
- SC 70
- SC 250
- SC 800
- SC 3000
Polymer Modified Asphalt:
Asphalt Roofing Flux
Light Straight Run Distillate
Light Straight Run Gasoline
Heavy Vacuum Gas Oil (also known as Atmospheric Gas, Light Gas Oil and Heavy Gas)