Fractal Systems says a third-party environmental consultant has confirmed the potential benefits of its diluent reduction technology. The system, called Enhanced JetShear, could reduce diluent requirements by more than half and result in a meaningful reduction in GHGs, the company says.
The new data comes from an assessment by ClimateCHECK.
“ClimateCHECK determined that Fractal's Enhanced JetShear could potentially reduce GHG emissions from 5.4 to 9.8 percent, depending on the transportation mode, by removing 55 percent of the diluent from the system,” Fractal says.
The company says the assessment, prepared in accordance with a system used by Sustainable Technology Development Canada, compared a typical Canadian SAGD-sourced dilbit with a SAGD project that is integrated with Enhanced JetShear to determine the wells-to-refinery GHG impacts.
Fractal Systems has been piloting its JetShear technology in the field since 2009, first with a 300 bbl/d facility near Consort, Alta., followed by a 1,000 bbl/d commercial scale demonstration plant near Provost.
It is designed to reduce diluent requirements as much as 50 per cent by heating diluted bitumen just below thermal cracking temperatures and pumping it through proprietary jet-nozzles where cavitation and mechanical shearing occurs.
The company says that between April 2014 and April 2015, it processed over 100,000 barrels of diluted bitumen, successfully proving the base technology.
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