Petro Profiles

Canadian Fuels Association members produce, distribute and sell the transportation fuels that support the mobility of all Canadians. At all stages in the process that brings fuels to the point of sale, our members are achieving impressive goals for community involvement, innovation and environmental performance. In this issue of Perspectives, we talk to three individuals who make a difference.

Managing excellence

Peter Zebedee leads Shell Scotford to higher environmental performance.

In 2016, Peter Zebedee was General Manager at Shell Albian Sands in Fort McMurray when devastating wildfires swept through the region. “I was responsible for several thousand people at the worksite with only one road in and out,” says Peter. He was quickly engaged in the response, evacuation efforts, and the eventual restart of the facility.

“We managed to get through by keeping the focus on three things: our people—doing the right thing for our folks no matter what; our community—opening our gates to provide a safe place for local families; and our assets—caring for the facility we’d put so much work into over the years,” says Peter. “It was one of those defining moments in life and one of the most harrowing experiences I’ve ever had.”

Today, Peter remains focused on safe, reliable and profitable operations as General Manager at Shell Scotford near Edmonton. A geological engineer with a love for the outdoors, Peter oversees the upgrading and refining of bitumen, as well as the on-site chemicals plant.

“It takes about 1,400 Shell people and about 500 contractors on a daily basis to keep things running smoothly,” says Peter, who continues to prioritize support for his community. “We have the absolute obligation at Scotford to make sure there are net benefits returned to the community we live and work in, and I think that’s probably what I’m most proud of.”

Peter’s responsibilities also include the Quest carbon capture and storage (CCS) facility at Scotford. CCS is recognized internationally as one of the most effective GHG-reduction technologies, although only a handful of these large-scale installations have been built worldwide. Launched in 2015 as a partnership with the federal and Alberta governments, Quest captures carbon dioxide from Scotford’s operations and transports it by pipeline to secure underground storage.

“Quest proves that CCS is indeed possible and viable,” says Peter. “It’s operating more efficiently and at a lower cost point than we anticipated. More importantly, it’s captured more than a million tons of carbon dioxide per year since it opened—and that’s a clear demonstration of Shell’s commitment to the environment.”

“Quest proves that

carbon capture and

storage is indeed

possible and viable.”