Finding alternatives to oil or additional sources for creating fuel is an ongoing priority of most nations. Some of those sources are a bit more complicated than others. It is one thing, for example, to recognize that the sun is a powerful source – and quite another to harvest its energy. Every energy source creates its own harvesting problems, and bitumen froth is a great example of a common problem in the energy industry. Komax has experience solving these problems.
Bitumen froth treatment is the attempt at getting a clean bitumen product by eliminating all the solid and viscous contaminants from the froth. The process is complex. First, the froth must be diluted with a solvent to reduce its density, letting gravity do most of the separation work. The solvent then must be recovered, along with the mineral particles. Depending on the process used, it is time and energy intensive. It also creates a serious problem during the process: clogging.
Plugging is common and keeps proper mixing from happening. Eventually, plugging can halt production altogether and create a plant shutdown that locks clients out of barrel production – and serious cash. Fortunately, a Komax Hi-Pass Static Mixer can solve the problem of plugging successfully and in-line with the pipe. Static mixers can be designed to solve particular problems on site and to specification. The immovable nature of the design means that gravity is doing most of the work, creating significant savings in the process as well.
Oil sands mining is big business – but it is also costlier and more time intensive than other types of oil recovery. Therefore, every minute of production counts, and every step in the process must be streamlined in order for companies to turn a real profit. Trust Komax’s years of experience in the industry to help you make the most of your oil sands mining venture!