The nature of the oil sands themselves make the separation process a difficult one. A combination of clay, sand, water, and bitumen, there’s much to be said for mining these to recover the oil. In fact, most of the world’s oil lies in these sands. Current estimates put it at more than two trillion barrels, but not all of it is recoverable. As techniques to extract that oil continue to evolve, so too does the technology required, and one of the more popular processes today has a hot water process to separate the bitumen from the sand, minerals, and water that must be added during extraction. Few options are better in this process than the Komax Severe Duty Inline Steam Heater.
The Option Where Others Quit
Nothing about processing the oil sands is soft or easy. Instead, it’s one of the harshest environments and processes around, and we’ve built our technology around that concept. Designed to optimize the process, even in the most unforgiving environments, our Severe Duty Inline Steam Heater offers continual efficiency of nearly 100%. Think that comes with strings attached? You may want to think again. It comes with a long operating life to keep your processing facility going well into the future. It also comes with low noise levels and minimal vibration to ensure the process works exactly as it should.
What’s Driving Us?
There are several reasons the Komax steam heater is the breakthrough others just can’t match. We utilize a tungsten carbide construction in the highest wear areas to ensure you get long lasting durability as tough as your crew. What’s more, though, is that there are no moving parts involved. Instead, we’ve incorporated an internal equalizer mixing module with six radially chambered static mixing elements. The result is very fine steam bubbles that move into the process flow stream.
If you’re looking for a real change with a steam heater that provides more than a 10:1 turndown capability, we can help. Contact us today to learn more.