Oil sands partial upgrading

Partial upgrading of oilsands could fetch additional $10-15 per barrel: report. CALGARY — A new report suggests that Canada would benefit from higher capacity of so-called “partial upgrading” technology, a process that would help oilsands players fetch a higher price for their product and ease longstanding pipeline woes. Partial upgrading alone can’t replace the roughly $20 billion a year of capital spending, but it could go a long way to being a “new oil sands.” Perhaps combined with capital spending spurred by petrochemical investment programs that will be announced in a few weeks, that capital can in fact be replaced. Bruce believes the best partial upgrading options target wide-spectrum crude refineries, such as those found in eastern Canada and the U.S. Midwest. This approach has the potential to strike the right balance between crude quality improvement and minimal investment, while avoiding competition with Bakken light oil for refining capacity.

22 Jan 2019 a C$2 billion ($1.5 billion) partial-upgrading facility that would turn more of the Facility would use 77,500 barrels of oil-sands bitumen a day. 23 Nov 2018 “Partial upgrading is an emerging technology that reduces the thickness of oil sands bitumen so it can flow through pipelines more easily, without  Partial upgrading reduces the thickness of oil sands bitumen so it can flow through pipelines more easily, without having to be blended with diluent, or as much  Alberta's oil sands innovation ecosystem, which is positioned within the along with gains in partial upgrading, energy efficiency and carbon capture and 

Supercritical Water Cracking (SCWC) technology can upgrade oil sands, extra heavy oils and high pour point crude oils to synthetic crude oil (SCO) which can 

Laboratory tests on Canadian heavy crude oil/bitumen, Athabasca oil sands Please click to learn more about another catalyst application--Partial Upgrading. 25 Jan 2019 The Alberta government announced it is offering a $440-million loan guarantee for a new $2-billion oilsands upgrading facility, and is eyeing  16 Apr 2018 Partial upgrading configurations are provided for crude transport by oil sands production accounted for 84% of Alberta's total crude oil  16 Aug 2019 MEG has previously proposed employing a partial upgrading technology that would remove heavier components in a barrel of bitumen and 

Partial upgrading alone can’t replace the roughly $20 billion a year of capital spending, but it could go a long way to being a “new oil sands.” Perhaps combined with capital spending spurred by petrochemical investment programs that will be announced in a few weeks, that capital can in fact be replaced.

The Government of Alberta defines partial upgrading as a process that reduces the thickness of oil sands bitumen so it can flow through pipelines more easily, without it having to be blended with diluent or as much diluent (a thinning agent). Partial upgrading is different from full upgrading. Partial upgrading is a relatively new technology where bitumen is upgraded to a point where diluent is no longer needed, in turn increasing pipeline capacity. The technology was recommended by the Alberta Royalty Review Advisory Panel as a way to increase revenues for the province. 9 oil sands innovation challenge projects receive $70 million in funding – partial upgrading, GHG reductions May 9, 2018 Jude Hislop Innovation One project from Imperial could reduce emissions 60% compared to conventional SAGD Partial upgrading of oilsands could fetch additional $10-15 per barrel: report. CALGARY — A new report suggests that Canada would benefit from higher capacity of so-called “partial upgrading” technology, a process that would help oilsands players fetch a higher price for their product and ease longstanding pipeline woes.

Alberta's oil sands innovation ecosystem, which is positioned within the along with gains in partial upgrading, energy efficiency and carbon capture and 

25 Jan 2019 The Alberta government announced it is offering a $440-million loan guarantee for a new $2-billion oilsands upgrading facility, and is eyeing  16 Apr 2018 Partial upgrading configurations are provided for crude transport by oil sands production accounted for 84% of Alberta's total crude oil  16 Aug 2019 MEG has previously proposed employing a partial upgrading technology that would remove heavier components in a barrel of bitumen and  Bitumen Recovery and Upgrading Technologies. crude bitumen, Canada's oil sands, located in the Province of Alberta, are one of the world's However, partial oxidation (gasification) is an alternative technology for hydrogen (and synthetic. integrated partial cost-benefit-life cycle assessment framework to evaluate the The decision of whether to upgrade is not only for oil sands companies to make  18 Feb 2018 Two years after a blue-ribbon panel called on the Alberta government to encourage partial upgrading of bitumen from the oilsands to enhance  Canadian oil sands bitumen contains no naphtha, about % gas oils, and 5 % vacuum bottoms, as well as The upgraded product, synthetic crude oil (SCO), contains less naphtha is hydrogen partial pressure (H2PP, MPa), LHSV (h− ).

integrated partial cost-benefit-life cycle assessment framework to evaluate the The decision of whether to upgrade is not only for oil sands companies to make 

18 Feb 2018 Two years after a blue-ribbon panel called on the Alberta government to encourage partial upgrading of bitumen from the oilsands to enhance  Canadian oil sands bitumen contains no naphtha, about % gas oils, and 5 % vacuum bottoms, as well as The upgraded product, synthetic crude oil (SCO), contains less naphtha is hydrogen partial pressure (H2PP, MPa), LHSV (h− ). 1 Aug 2017 roughly 70% for oil sands synthetic crude and 80% for bitumen blend unlikely that the GHG emissions of promising partial upgrading  12 Mar 2018 Since partial upgrading would reduce or eliminate the need for the condensate that makes up about a third of the heavy oil-sands crude, 

Partial upgrading alone can’t replace the roughly $20 billion a year of capital spending, but it could go a long way to being a “new oil sands.” Perhaps combined with capital spending spurred by petrochemical investment programs that will be announced in a few weeks, that capital can in fact be replaced. Bruce believes the best partial upgrading options target wide-spectrum crude refineries, such as those found in eastern Canada and the U.S. Midwest. This approach has the potential to strike the right balance between crude quality improvement and minimal investment, while avoiding competition with Bakken light oil for refining capacity. Partially upgraded oil sands do not require the use of dilutents, are easier to transport, have greater value on world markets, and have lower greenhouse gas intensities during refinery processing. But the developing commercially viable technology is challenging. Nexen-CNOOC senior research and development advisor Nestor Zerpa outlined a series of existing technical approaches and costs that would not work for industry, but added that De Klerk had come up with a promising pathway. 9 oil sands innovation challenge projects receive $70 million in funding – partial upgrading, GHG reductions May 9, 2018 Jude Hislop Innovation One project from Imperial could reduce emissions 60% compared to conventional SAGD