Understanding hydrotransport: The key to Syncrude's success

Abstract Syncrude has entered a new era involving the use of pipeline slurries to convey oil sand to the extraction plant. Hydrotransport operations and base plant operations encounter vast performance differences when processing different types of oil sand. This paper describes the hydrotransport process, its history at Syncrude, methods of describing the source ore characteristic and plant performance. The use of this information within Syncrude and how it will be managed on an ongoing basis will also be described.
Keywords: Oil sands, Hydrotransport, Syncrude.
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Summary: Suncor Energy Inc. has proposed a 2.2 billion dollar expansion to the current oil sands operation, which will more than double the productive capability
Publication: CIM Bulletin
Author(s): S. Tuttle, R. Sisson
Keywords: Closure plans, Ecosystems, Oil sands, Reclamation.
Issue: 1026
Volume: 92
Year: 1999
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Summary: Many tens of thousands of hectares of forested land will be disturbed and reclaimed in the surface mineable Athabasca oil sands area during the next few decades. The surface area disturbed by Syncrude’s Mildred Lake development alone exceeds 10 000 ha to date. It is not clear that reforestation of disturbed areas will best accommodate the aspirations of all stakeholders,
particularly traditional users of the land. A five-year research program by Syncrude Canada Limited and the Fort McKay...
Publication: CIM Bulletin
Author(s): R.W. Pauls
Keywords: Reclamation, Oil sands, Surface mining
Issue: 1026
Volume: 92
Year: 1999
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