- Published: Tuesday, 01 September 2009 05:00
Gravity Separation Technology for Oil Sands
By Steve Fiscor, Editor-in-Chief
This year, the synthetic crude producers in Alberta predict that they will average 721,000 barrels per day, which amounts to mining 1.4 million tons per day of oil sands. This figure is expected to double in the next 10 to 15 years.
Moving that amount of material requires skill, technology and patience. Although the basic premise of the hot water process developed by Dr. Karl A. Clark to separate the bitumen from the sand in a slurry has not changed, the individual pieces of equipment have improved and the capacity of the processing facilities has grown considerably.