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Nsolv Pilot Plant

Warm solvent technology extracts heavy oil more cleanly, cost-effectively

Nsolv Corporation | Canada | 2004–2015

Safe, low-pressure operations
80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions
Zero water usage
Reduced capital and operating costs

Challenge

Founding members of the Nsolv Corporation, Hatch and its partners have developed a novel warm solvent technology for the in situ extraction of heavy oil that can access hard-to-reach reservoirs for a fraction of the traditional cost. 

Construct a pilot plant to prove that Nsolv's Bitumen Extraction Solvent Technology (BEST) is the best-in-class solution for sustainable and continued oil sands development.

Solutions

Engineer and build a $70-million pilot plant in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. 

As plans progress, provide engineering services for the first commercial installation, with several sites under consideration worldwide.

Include a partial upgrading feature to produce lighter, cleaner oil that requires less diluent for transport and enables 20% more pipeline capacity.

Highlights

60,000 barrels of oil produced as of September 2015

BEST reduced the environmental impacts of heavy oil extraction, eliminating water consumption while reducing energy inputs, greenhouse gas emissions, and waste.

In today's low oil-price environment, Nsolv’s benefits offer a higher rate of return on investment and produce better quality oil.

Honoree, Canada's Clean 50 and 2016 Clean16 Award, recognizing Nsolv's contribution to advancing the cause of sustainability in Canada. 


Services & technologies provided

Energy Optimization

Engineering

Oil

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