Komax has extensive experience in the treatment of bitumen froth, but what does this mean? Treating bitumen froth is the part of the process where water and fine solids are taken out of the solution. In the oil sands mining industry, the extraction process produces content that is only about 60% bitumen. The rest must be filtered out. Once the process is completed, there is usually less than 2% that is made up of water and other solids. What makes this process possible? In the case of one company in Alberta, Canada, the answer was the Hi-Pass Produced Water Mixer sold by Komax Systems.
What It Does
This product treats effluent tailing ponds and also byproducts of bitumen froth extraction. Using Komax-patented technology to meet new water regulations, Komax has achieved something that no other mixing production company has done. It is achieving governmental environment standards with no pumps or moving parts, which creates an incredibly efficient design. The mixer creates a shearing action in the slurry that causes a chemical reaction; this reaction removes and treats the solution.
The purpose is to use a low cost and maintenance free method to increase the speed of the reclamation in tailings ponds. Because the Hi-Pass Produced Water Mixer does not have any moving parts, the clay and sand in these ponds can almost never result in clogs or shutdowns. Factoring in flow rates, density, and viscosity helps our experts determine the proper settings needed for your specific system. It can be made in any size and made of any material in order to fit in the pipeline. All of this works to reduce the carbon footprint of your company by cleaning up the fouling that is created through the frothing process.