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Technology unlocks tar sands energy

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Abstract

Tar sand processing technology has been developed primarily in the categories of extraction techniques and in-situ processing. In October, a $235 million venture into tar sand processing will be inspected by visitors from many points on the globe. A synthetic crude of premium quality will be flowing through a 16-in. pipeline from the Tar Island plant site of Great Canadian Oil Sands to Edmonton. This processing plant uses an extractive mining technique. The tar sand pay zone in this area averages approximately 150 ft in thickness with a 50-ft overburden. It has been estimated that the tar sands cannot be exploited when the formation thickness is less than 100 ft and overburden exceeds the same amount. This indicates that extraction techniques can only be used to recover approximately 15% of the tar sand deposits. An in-situ recovery technique developed by Shell of Canada is discussed in detail. In essence it is selective hydraulic fracturing, followed by the injection of emulsifying chemicals and steam.
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Publication Date:
Sep 25, 1967
Product Type:
Journal Article
Reference Number:
EDB-81-090216
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Oilweek (Calgary, Alberta); (Canada); Journal Volume: 18:32
Subject:
04 OIL SHALES AND TAR SANDS; OIL SANDS; IN-SITU PROCESSING; MINING; HYDRAULIC FRACTURING; INDUSTRIAL PLANTS; PYROLYSIS; RETORTING; SANDSTONES; STEAM INJECTION; BITUMINOUS MATERIALS; CARBONACEOUS MATERIALS; CHEMICAL REACTIONS; COMMINUTION; DECOMPOSITION; ENERGY SOURCES; ENHANCED RECOVERY; FLUID INJECTION; FOSSIL FUELS; FRACTURING; FUELS; MATERIALS; PROCESSING; RECOVERY; ROCKS; SEDIMENTARY ROCKS; THERMAL RECOVERY; THERMOCHEMICAL PROCESSES; 040401* - Oil Shales & Tar Sands- In Situ Methods, True & Modified; 040300 - Oil Shales & Tar Sands- Drilling, Fracturing & Mining
OSTI ID:
6321386
Country of Origin:
Canada
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Journal ID: CODEN: OLWKA
Submitting Site:
TUL
Size:
Pages: 38-42
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Citation Formats

Law, C. Technology unlocks tar sands energy. Canada: N. p., 1967. Web.
Law, C. Technology unlocks tar sands energy. Canada.
Law, C. 1967. "Technology unlocks tar sands energy." Canada.
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title = {Technology unlocks tar sands energy}
author = {Law, C}
abstractNote = {Tar sand processing technology has been developed primarily in the categories of extraction techniques and in-situ processing. In October, a $235 million venture into tar sand processing will be inspected by visitors from many points on the globe. A synthetic crude of premium quality will be flowing through a 16-in. pipeline from the Tar Island plant site of Great Canadian Oil Sands to Edmonton. This processing plant uses an extractive mining technique. The tar sand pay zone in this area averages approximately 150 ft in thickness with a 50-ft overburden. It has been estimated that the tar sands cannot be exploited when the formation thickness is less than 100 ft and overburden exceeds the same amount. This indicates that extraction techniques can only be used to recover approximately 15% of the tar sand deposits. An in-situ recovery technique developed by Shell of Canada is discussed in detail. In essence it is selective hydraulic fracturing, followed by the injection of emulsifying chemicals and steam.}
journal = {Oilweek (Calgary, Alberta); (Canada)}
volume = {18:32}
journal type = {AC}
place = {Canada}
year = {1967}
month = {Sep}
}