Shell is expecting to see an increase in crude oil production from Fort McMurray after the completion of a major refinery near Edmonton.
The gas giant announced Thursday work has finished on a major growth project at its Scotford Refinery, located 45 km northeast of Edmonton.
The project included debottlenecking the hydrocracker, a core refining unit for making transportation fuels.
In a release, the GM of the Scotford site Achim Schempp says the enhancement of their hydrocracker increases the ability to process crude oil from Fort McMurray and strengthen their refining capability in Alberta.
Production units are expected to see an increase of 14, 000 barrels per day and enable Scotford to deliver more high-quality fuel.
The project received a final investment decision in January 2015.