November 22, 2006
Shell Canada announces innovation in oil sands processing
Calgary, Alberta – Shell Canada has announced its new Shell Enhance froth treatment technology, the first commercial application of a high-temperature technology that will reduce costs and improve energy efficiency in oil sands production. The treatment was developed by Shell Canada, with the help of government scientists at Natural Resources Canada’s CANMET Energy Technology Centre in Devon, Alberta.
By processing at a higher temperature, the treatment uses smaller equipment, less water and less energy per barrel than conventional low-temperature paraffinic processing. By saving energy, greenhouse gas emissions associated with oil sands production are also reduced. The new technology will be used in the first expansion of the Athabasca Oil Sands Project, which was formally launched on November 1, 2006.