Mar 14, 2011 - Innovation and technology key to unlocking oil sands
Innovation and TechnologyKey to Unlocking and Responsible Development of Canada’s Oil Sands
Technology in Canada’s Oil Sands• Enhancing Recovery Expanding primary production Increasing in situ recovery• Environment - Responsible Development Regional – Water use/quality, land use, air quality, etc. Global – greenhouse gas emissions • Energy efficiency = less energy used • Carbon capture and storage• Economics To remain competitive Lower energy use, different sources of energy, saline water use
Two Methods of Oil Sands Recovery Reserves: 80% Drilling and 20% Mining Land: 97% Drilling and 3% Mining Drilling MiningPhoto: ConocoPhillips - Surmont Schematic: Devon - Jackfish
Technology Solutions - Energy Efficiency, Greater Recovery and Less Water• Low energy extraction 35ºC instead of 80ºC = 1/3 less energy Working on lower temperatures• Underground combustion rather than Syncrude Low Energy Extraction – Aurora Mine steam Petrobank Whitesands – THAI process• Additives to reduce the need for both water and energy (steam) LASER (Imperial), SAP (Cenovus), N-Solv SC-SAGD (Laricina), SOLVE (Statoil/PTRC) Petrobank THAI process• Electricity instead of steam to warm the heavy oil underground ET-Energy, Shell Solvent/steam processes (Laricina diagram)
Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions 25 Oil Sands GHG Emissions/bbl• Reducing GHG Emissions 20 Using less energy input 39% g co2 eq./mj Reducing energy waste/losses 15 Capturing waste heat 10 Cogeneration power/steam Use energy more efficiently 5 0 1990 2008• Capturing CO2 Capture technologies • Upgraders, hydrogen plants Transportation Storage and Sequestration
Oil Sands Tailings – Mining• A mixture of water, clay, sands and residual bitumen Used to settle solids and recycle water - 80%+ recycle ratio• Research to increase recycle, reduce pond size Consolidated tailings CO2 treatment (CNRL) Thickeners, Paste/Dry tailings Tailings Reduction (Suncor) Suncor Pond 1 Atmospheric Fines Drying (Shell) Centrifuge (Syncrude)• First tailings pond (Suncor) surface reclamation in 2010• Industry Tailings Collaborative Accelerate new technology implementation September 2010
Organizations involved in Oil Sands Technology Development and ResearchGovernments Industry Associations/Alliances• NRCan/NRC • Oil Sands Leadership Initiative CANMET Labs at Devon (OSLI) Cdn Mining Innovation Council • Canadian Oil Sands Network for• Petroleum Technology Research Research and Development Centre (PTRC in Regina) (CONRAD)• Alberta Innovates Oil Sands Tailings Consortium Energy and Environment Solutions (AIEES) • Oil Sands Tailings Research Facility Technology Futures (OSTRF) • Petroleum Technology Alliance ofUniversities Canada (PTAC)• U of A • Energy Futures Network (EFN) Centre for Oil Sands Innovation • Oil Sands Developers Group (OSDG) Oil Sands Research and Information CEMA Network (OSRIN) Helmholtz partnership• U of C ISEEE Canada School of Energy and the Environment Centre for In Situ Energy Carbon Management Canada
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