fort McMurray, Canada
fort McMurray, Canada

Syncrude Canada Ltd. is one of the world's largest producers of synthetic crude oil from oil sands and the largest single source producer in Canada. It is located just outside Fort McMurray in the Athabasca Oil Sands, and has a nameplate capacity of 350,000 barrels per day of oil, equivalent to about 13% of Canada's consumption. It has approximately 5.1 billion barrels of proven and probable reserves situated on 8 leases over 3 contiguous sites. Including fully realized prospective reserves, current production capacity could be sustained for well over 90 years.The company is a joint venture between seven partners. As a result, Syncrude is not traded directly, but rather through the individual owners. As of August 2010, the partners : Canadian Oil Sands Limited , Imperial Oil , Suncor Energy , Sinopec , Nexen , Mocal Energy , and Murphy Oil . Because of Nexen's subsequent takeover by CNOOC, over 16% of the shares in Syncrude are controlled by State Owned Enterprises .The ownership board must approve all annual operating budgets and proposed capital spending projects, and are required to provide the funding for said activities based on their ownership share. Wikipedia.


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Patent
Syncrude Canada Ltd. | Date: 2016-08-12

A planar screen cloth for use in a screening device for screening out oversize objects in a material flowing in a direction includes a metal plate substructure having a perimeter and a plurality of longitudinal ligaments and transverse ligaments, forming a grid. A wear-resistant layer is applied to the entire screen cloth. Each transverse ligament comprises a leading edge and a trailing edge; and is angled such that the leading edge is disposed below the trailing edge. The transverse element thus is angled to face the direction of material flow.


Patent
Syncrude Canada Ltd. | Date: 2016-07-20

A process for extracting bitumen from oil sand ore to produce a bitumen froth having reduced solids is provided, comprising mixing the oil sand ore with water and a first process aid comprising at least one surfactant to form an oil sand slurry; conditioning the oil sand slurry to produce a conditioned oil sand slurry; and introducing the conditioned oil sand slurry into a separation zone for forming the bitumen froth having reduced solids.


Patent
Syncrude Canada Ltd. | Date: 2016-06-01

A system for detecting and discriminating a metal object in a bulk non-metallic material includes at least one triple-axis magnetometer adapted to detect a change of a magnetic field and output a signal including a detection signal representative of a metal object and a signal processing system adapted to detect the detection signal. The bulk non-metallic may be continuously moving through a detection volume, or may be placed in and removed from the detection volume as a batch.


Patent
Syncrude Canada Ltd. | Date: 2016-06-02

A method for monitoring and controlling flocculation of oil sands fine tailings in a pipeline is provided comprising injecting a polymeric flocculant into a tailings feed being pumped through the pipeline, mixing the polymeric flocculant and tailings feed in the pipeline, and providing one or more adjustable valves in the pipeline that are operable to either reduce the flow area of the adjustable valve to increase shear or dispersed energy when the polymeric flocculant and tailings feed are under-mixed or increase the flow area of the adjustable valve to decrease shear or dispersed energy when the polymeric flocculant and tailings feed are over-mixed.


Patent
Syncrude Canada Ltd. | Date: 2016-02-29

A conduit includes at least one tag having a known location, or a plurality of tags having different longitudinal or radial locations or depths, wherein each tag is responsive to a reader to uniquely identify itself. A wear monitoring method and system includes a tag reader and a processor which executes instructions to compare the presence of each tag identified by the reader with a list of all tags initially present in the conduit.


Patent
Syncrude Canada Ltd. | Date: 2016-05-26

A process for cleaning bitumen froth produced from an oil sands extraction process involves mixing a sufficient amount of paraffinic solvent with the bitumen froth; subjecting the resulting mixture to centrifugal separation in a centrifuge to yield a diluted bitumen product, a water byproduct stream, and a solids byproduct stream; and processing the diluted bitumen product to yield dry fungible bitumen product having a total water/solids content less than about 0.5 wt %, and a recyclable paraffinic diluent stream.


Patent
Syncrude Canada Ltd. | Date: 2016-07-20

A process is provided for treating an aqueous oil sand slurry containing bitumen droplets and air bubbles prior to separation in a separator, comprising separating the aqueous oil sand slurry into at least two individual slurry streams and allowing the at least two slurry streams to collide with one another such that the bitumen droplets and air bubbles in each slurry stream make contact with one another to increase both collision frequency and efficiency, and providing sufficient residence time to allow the bitumen droplet to coalesce, grow, and aerate to produce a treated oil sand slurry with larger and lighter bitumen droplets to improve bitumen flotation and recovery.


Patent
Syncrude Canada Ltd. | Date: 2016-06-21

A slurry preparation tower is provided comprising an intake opening through which oil sand enters the slurry preparation tower; a first sizer device operative to comminute oil sand passing through the first sizer device to a first upper size threshold; a second sizer device operative to comminute oil sand passing through the second sizer device to a second upper size threshold, wherein the second upper size threshold is less than the first upper size threshold; a first solvent supply device for adding solvent to the oil sand prior to or during its comminution in the first sizer device; and a plurality of deflector plates positioned between the first sizer device and the second sizer device to assist in the mixing of the first comminuted oil sand and solvent.


Patent
Syncrude Canada Ltd. | Date: 2015-10-01

A method for monitoring dewatering of flocculated oil sands tailings involves positioning an image capture device in a flow of flocculated oil sands tailing through a pipeline for acquiring images of the flocculated oil sands tailings; collecting the images of the flocculated oil sands tailings; and analyzing the one or more images to ensure production of optimum floc structures for maximum oil sands fine tailings dewatering.


Patent
Syncrude Canada Ltd. | Date: 2016-01-13

A process for treating a bitumen froth comprising bitumen, solids and water to produce a deasphalted oil product is provided comprising optionally diluting the raw bitumen froth with a diluent to form a diluted bitumen froth; separating the raw or diluted bitumen froth into a light bitumen fraction and a heavy bitumen fraction comprising bitumen, fine solids and water; mixing the heavy bitumen fraction with a first solvent to form a solvent/bitumen mixture; and introducing the solvent/bitumen mixture into a first extraction vessel operating at a temperature and a pressure such that the solvent is at or near supercritical conditions to form a heavy phase comprising asphaltenes, solids and water and a light phase comprising deasphalted oil.

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