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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.


Willis A.J.,Syncrude Canada Ltd.
Computers and Chemical Engineering | Year: 2010

A warning system for detection of excessive vibration in a centrifuge system of a product treatment plant is built using a database of past faults and an equivalent amount of normal operating null data. A logistic Partial Least Squares (PLS) model is derived using wavelet coefficients to approximately decorrelate the time series data. This model provides a baseline to evaluate any improvement through kernel methods. The kernel paradigm is introduced from a Bayesian perspective and used to develop a detector with significantly less false positives and missed detections. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


Patent
Syncrude Canada Ltd. | Date: 2015-04-07

A process for dewatering oil sand fluid fine tailings comprising clay and water in a deposit, comprising: providing an anode and a cathode spatially separated from one another; applying a voltage gradient to produce a current between the anode and the cathode sufficient to move the water in the tailings towards the cathode; and removing the water which accumulates at the cathode.


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: 2015-07-07

A improved impeller for use in a centrifugal slurry pump is provided, comprising: a top shroud; a bottom shroud; and a middle portion therebetween, said middle portion having at least one substantially vertical wall defining a slurry flow channel, wherein the top shroud, bottom shroud and middle portion are configured as one piece to together define a first unitary body; at least one vane nose positioned at a leading edge of the at least one substantially vertical wall; and, optionally, a retaining ring mounted over the top shroud to secure the vane nose within the body.


A process for extracting bitumen from an oil sand ore having a fines content up to about 60% and a bitumen content higher than about 6% is provided, comprising mixing the oil sand ore with heated water to form an oil sand slurry; conditioning the oil sand slurry to form a conditioned oil sand slurry; introducing a dosage of sodium citrate to the process either prior to or during the mixing step, or prior to or during the conditioning step, or both; and introducing the conditioned oil sand slurry into a separation zone to form a bitumen froth and tailings.

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