Natural fuel like oil and gases have been around forever (and continue to be found like the earth produces them constantly but this another topic), but that hasn’t stopped humans from looking for other sources of fuel. Biofuel is one such alternative fuel, but it doesn’t yet have widespread use.
A clear challenge
The sun is also a source of fuel but harvesting its energy can be quite complicated. In fact, most alternate sources of fuel can be quite a challenge.
But humans don’t stop trying even though each kind of energy presents its own harvesting problem. Bitumen froth is a type of challenge faced by the oil and natural gas industry.
Not that simple
To put it simply, bitumen froth is the process of extracting clean bitumen product by removing all the solid and viscous contaminants from the froth. But the process isn’t as simple as it sounds. In the beginning, the froth must be diluted with a solvent to lower its density, and then let gravity do most of the separation.
Next, the solvent and the mineral particles must be recovered. The process can be time and energy consuming, and also faces a serious problem of clogging sometimes.
When clogging happens, it prevents the proper mixing. Clogging can also altogether stop production and force the shutdown of the plant.
It can rob people of jobs and money. But the challenges of bitumen forth can be overcome with the help of Komax Hi-Pass Static Mixer. This mixer can solve the problem of clogging and facilitate efficient mixing.
The mixer can be used for all purposes, and because there is no moving part, gravity does most of the work. This also saves energy.
Most static mixers used for the purpose of bitumen froth treatment have this pesky problem of clogging.
Once clogging starts, it can endanger the whole production process. If the oil sands cannot be mixed properly, it is impossible to produce bitumen, and can shut down the plant. Most oil and gas companies produce as many as 110,000 barrels per day, and to achieve that number, proper mixing is crucial.
Komax has both PVC hi pass static mixer and stainless steel hi pass static mixer. In all places where these hi pass static mixers have been used, there has been no complaint of clogging. This means, Komax static mixers are capable of efficient bitumen froth without any waste or plugging.
Komax has been producing static mixers for the last 40 years. They are a trusted name in the industry and are widely used the world over for various purposes.