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Pilot Plant BEST Pilot Plant

The BEST (Bitumen Extraction Solvent Technology) Pilot Plant will demonstrate N-Solv™ technology at field scale with the objective of readying the technology for full-scale commercial deployment. Suncor’s Dover lease in the Athabasca is the host site for the 500 barrel-per-day facility, comprising a 300-m horizontal wellpair and a surface plant for processing produced hydrocarbons.

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Project Objectives

  • Extraction Rate: ≥ SAGD extraction rates at 40°C with zero water usage
  • Oil Quality:
    • Upgrade in-situ bitumen from ~8 °API to ~13 °API
    • Nickel and vanadium less than 150 ppm
    • Carbon residue at ~5%
  • Recovery Factor: 65% or higher
  • Solvent / Oil Ratio: 5 or less
  • Solvent Hold-up: 0.2 bbl/bbl extracted or less
  • GHG Emissions: Reduction of ≥ 80% relative to SAGD

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Location

  • Suncor Dover lease in the Athabasca, near Fort McKay, Alberta
Latitude 57.06 N
Longitude 111.92 W

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Take a Tour of the BEST Pilot Plant VIDEO ANIMATION:

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3D CAD Model Images: (click on image to see a larger version)

    
  

Field Construction: (click on image to see a larger version)

OBS Well Drilling Program #1 OBS Well Drilling Program #12 Construction Starts
Last Module Arrives Mechanical Completion Placing Modules
Tank Farm Pipe Rack More Pipe Rack

Event Images: (click on each to see a larger version)

SDTC Launch CCEMC Launch SDTC and CCEMC Site Visit

Lab Work: (click on each to see a larger version)

  

 

 

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Project Organization

Project Lead:


 

Project Host:

SUNCOR Energy

Financial Support:

SDTC  CCEMC

Key Suppliers:

Tracerco   

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