December 2020

Special Focus: Plant Design, Engineering and Construction

Debottleneck H2 production for gasifier PSA-based plant

The Canadian oil sands reserves in the area surrounding Fort McMurray, Alberta in Canada contain in excess of 165 Bbbl of recoverable bitumen.

Lai, H., COOEC Canada Co. Ltd.; Wu, Q., China National Offshore Oil Corp.

The Canadian oil sands reserves in the area surrounding Fort McMurray, Alberta in Canada contain in excess of 165 Bbbl of recoverable bitumen. Of these resources, more than 80% are located below the earth’s surface and are recovered using an in-situ technique, such as steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD).1,2 One oil sands plant with a design capacity of 72,000 bpd of bitumen is in southern Fort McMurray, Alberta. The plant commenced operation in 2008. As shown in FIG. 1, this plant utilizes SAGD for in-situ production of bitumen, as well as full onsite upgrading of bitumen to premium synthetic crude oil (PSC). FIG. 1. Block flow diagram of integrated upg

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