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CALGARY and FORT SASKATCHEWAN: Shell Canada Limited is pleased to celebrate the official opening of its $400-million Ultra Low Sulphur Diesel project at its refineries in Montreal East, Quebec and Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta.


Shell Canada President and CEO Clive Mather, along with employees, contractors, local community members and special guests, will gather for the inauguration today (May 9) at the Montreal East Refinery and tomorrow (May 10) at the Scotford Refinery, near Fort Saskatchewan.


“Completing a project of this magnitude, safely, on time and within budget, is a major accomplishment,” said Mather. “Congratulations to everyone in our Oil Products business who executed the project. We are also delighted to share our success with the communities in which we work, and to thank the many people who have been part of this achievement.”


The company constructed two diesel hydrotreaters to reduce sulphur in on-road diesel by more than 90 per cent from previous levels. Construction of Shell's $400-million project was completed in December 2005, followed by commissioning and start-up early in 2006, with fuel produced to specification by early March, well ahead of the June 1, 2006 federal regulation deadline.


“Shell Canada has committed significant financial and human resources to produce ULSD, a commitment which allows us to contribute to improved air quality for all Canadians,” said Mather.


The project provided significant economic benefits for local communities in Quebec and Alberta, creating approximately 1,800 construction (1,030 in Quebec, 770 in Alberta) and contract engineering jobs during its peak period. About 80 per cent of project costs were incurred in Canada through engineering, materials, labour and engineered equipment.


To mark the occasion, Shell will support a community project in both Montreal East and Fort Saskatchewan:


    –   A new outdoor playground for students at St-Octave Elementary School

        in Montreal East and;


    –   A new rubberized gymnasium floor for the Boys and Girls Club in Fort



“We are thrilled that Shell has agreed to support the construction of a new playground so our students can spend more time outdoors,” said Valérie Gagné, Director of St-Octave Elementary School in Montreal East. “Our relationship with Shell dates back several years and we truly appreciate the generous support the company has provided to the Montreal East community.”


“We are delighted with Shell Canada's contribution and the company's emphasis on safety,” said Wendy Serink, Executive Director of the Fort Saskatchewan Boys and Girls Club. “Our physical education program is an important resource in the community and the new gymnasium floor will greatly increase the safety of young people who use our facility.”


In 2005, Shell Canada donated almost $8 million to not-for-profit organizations across the country to support environmental and educational programs as well as local communities where employees, retirees and marketing associates live and work.


Shell Canada Limited is a large integrated petroleum company in Canada with three major businesses. Exploration & Production explores for, produces and markets natural gas and natural gas liquids. Oil Sands is responsible for an integrated bitumen mining and upgrading operation in the Athabasca area of Alberta and Shell Canada's Peace River in situ bitumen business. Oil Products manufactures, distributes and markets refined petroleum products across Canada.


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