We add value to oil products

We are building a demonstration facility using our ground breaking DSU™ technology to produce 2500 barrels of finished low sulphur marine fuel using local heavy oil feedstocks. Our low sulphur marine fuel will help ships meet global sulphur limits.

  • 0.5% Global Sulphur Limits
    0.5% m/m on and after 1 Jan, 2020
  • 0.1% Inside an Emission Control Area
    0.1% m/m on and after 1 Jan, 2015

DSU™ Technology

Our DSU™ technology provides a cheaper, cleaner, and scalable solution for marine fuel production. The DSU™ process has no direct SOx or GHG emissions - and it does not leave big piles of coke or asphaltenes behind. The key to the process is sodium, a powerful reducing agent with a strong affinity for sulphur and metals atoms interspersed in the complex heavy oil molecules. In our lab in Utah and in our pilot plant in Alberta, we have successfully demonstrated that we can produce ship-ready IMO and ECA-Compliant marine bunker fuels directly from vacuum residue and other heavy feedstocks – including some bottoms that are so heavy they are solid at room temperature.

Pilot Plant matches lab results

Project Timeline

We have progressed from DBM to the Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) phase. In this phase we will progress the engineering design of the plant focusing on the modular “engineer once- build many” template which will give us a more detailed accurate cost estimate. Since we have selected a site, this will include site specific engineering. During this phase we will complete and submit our regulatory application. By the end of this phase, we plan to sanction or get approval from our board to build the project.

Current Objectives

  • Progress the site specific design of the plant
  • Maximize and optimize the plant modularization within the 15’x14’x80’ envelope
  • Evaluate equipment supply and fabrication alternatives
  • Submit our regulatory application
  • Raise the money needed to build


Our demonstration facility site is located
in the Alberta Heartland.

Regular Updates

Jan 25, 2018

Fuel for ships would come from $100-million plant outside land-locked Edmonton

A Calgary company hopes to start construction later this year on a $100-million demonstration plant in the Industrial Heartland that will make low-sulphur fuel for the shipping industry...

Nov 28, 2017

Major Heartland projects moving ahead

"We have a good emissions story, it’s clean technology, so we’re hoping to won’t take as long to get approval like other energy projects, so we can keep to our construction schedule. We still want to be up and running by 2019," said head of commercialization with Field Upgrading, Lisa Doig.

June 1, 2017

Full steam ahead for Field Upgrading’s $100 million plant destined for the Heartland

In May, Field Upgrading received $4.35 million in funding from the province and Ottawa to move forward with an engineering study to determine construction time lines and final costs for a $100 million demonstration plant…

May 11, 2017

Field Upgrading Receives Funding for CLEAN SEAS™ Demonstration Project

The Governments of Alberta and Canada announced funding support for the Front-End Engineering (FEED) study of the CLEAN SEAS™ Demonstration Project. The project is advancing Field Upgrading’s DSU™ technology to become a first of its kind…

April 1, 2017

Bunkerspot - The bottom line

Given the sharp reduction in the sulphur content of marine fuel mandated by the IMO on a global level from 2020, the future of the bunker ‘workhorse’, heavy fuel oil, is less than clear cut. However, as Neil Camarta of Field Upgrading explains, the company’s DSU desulphurisation process directly produces…

January 26, 2017

Fort Saskatchewan Record - Industry cleaning up the waters

A land-locked Industrial Heartland-based facility is hoping to help clean the world’s oceans. Following a successful one-year pilot project, Field Upgrading is about to embark on its CleanSeas demonstration project-which will see the creation of…

Supply Chain Management (SCM)

Acquisition Process for Goods and Services

All acquisition of goods and services will be in accordance with Field Upgrading SCM policies and procedures. Acquisition and Supplier / Contractor engagements will be done through Field Upgrading or Vista Projects working on behalf of Field.

Contracts and purchase orders will be evaluated and awarded based on:

  • Cost
  • Delivery
  • Quality
  • Reliability
  • Total best value
  • Health, safety and environmental records

Please direct all SCM queries to either:

Joy Dumapit

Vista Projects

(403) 214-7344

Brian Cook

SCM Consultant
Field Upgrading Limited

(587) 585-3348

Local suppliers and contractors participating in our acquisition process are one of our top priorities.


Field Upgrading Head Office

+1 (403) 802-3607
Suite 201, 1100 1st St. SE
Calgary, Alberta
Canada T2G 1B1

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