Komax Systems has been around since 1973 and is a leader in static mixing and heating technology. We’ve demonstrated our expertise in over 100,000 installations around the world. This leadership comes from our design team’s innovation, training and experience. When it comes to creating low cost, efficient and dependable technology that needs little or no maintenance, no one knows more then Komax.
Our experience extends to nearly all markets including water and waste treatment, power generating, food and beverage, biofuel and in the oil and gas industries. One of the spots our expertise shined the brightest was when we were called in to help the oil industry in 2009. The ERCB in Alberta created Directive 074. This directive created regulations that affected tailing ponds that came due to the oil-up industry extracting oil in the oil sands of Canada. These new regulations required the Oil Sands operators to reclaim tailing rather then letting it sit in tailing ponds.
Since the industry needed to be able to do this reclamation as inexpensively and speedily as possible so the oil extraction process was economically feasible, they needed a solution and Komax provided that with our Hi-Pass Produced Water Mixer. This mixer was made of carbon steel housing and 4 Hi-Pass mixing elements with an additive port. Once installed, it was able to reclaim this tailing that was made from clay, sand and water by a process that used a polymer that is inserted upstream from the mixer. The elements inside created a shearing action that mixed the polymer with the tailing and induced a chemical reaction that was able to treat the clay slurry.
Since our Hi-Pass Produced Water Mixer doesn’t have any motors, compressors or moving parts, it was a very effective and low cost way of reclaiming the tailing, and it did so with impressive speed. The elements in the mixer also made certain that no clogging occurred during the process and the tailing went through the pipe with no real drop in pressure or flow. This made removal of the oil from the sands of Canada much more economically feasible than it would have been if they had used a more conventional method.