Edmonton Economic Development Corporation

Edmonton Economic Development Corporation

March 30, 2011 13:51 ET

Edmonton Company Innovates Oil Sand Extraction

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - March 30, 2011) - Edmonton-based Apex Engineering Inc. is developing innovative bitumen extraction and nonsegregating tailings (NST) production processes to reduce the environmental impacts of oil sands plants. Implementation of the new production processes could reduce the formation of mature fine tailings (MFT) and process water salinity without harming bitumen recovery, efficiency and fuel quality. Apex Engineering is investigating methods to improve the efficiency of steam assisted in-situ bitumen recovery processes such as steam-assisted gravity drainage processes.

A new tenant at the Edmonton Research Park, Apex has focused on the development of innovative bitumen extraction and NST production processes to solve the problems associated with the disposal of oil sands tailings into tailings ponds and recycling release water.

Apex Engineering's bitumen extraction and NST production research shows that clay dispersion can be reduced and process water chemistry can be improved by using process additives during extraction. Apex Engineering's laboratory findings also suggest that by using in-situ bitumen processes clay contents in bitumen froth and cyclone overflow could be reduced, and water soluble naphthenic acids salts causing toxicity might also be reduced.

Apex Engineering is currently seeking industrial partners to perform field scale testing of the laboratory findings in bitumen extraction, NST production and steam assisted in-situ bitumen recovery processes.

"The quality of laboratory facilities and maintenance are major factors that make the Edmonton Research Park beneficial to our business," says Baki Ozum, Ph.D., P.Eng., owner of Apex Engineering Inc."The location of the Edmonton Research Park is optimal for our operations. We have quick access to Alberta Innovates Technology Futures, the University of Alberta and the Syncrude Research Centre with whom we collaborate and get inspired," says Dr. Ozum.

"By developing advanced technologies in clean energy, Apex Engineering is promoting Edmonton as home to a skilled workforce, a world-class technology community and a business environment that values technology and progress," says Candace Brinsmead, vice president of technology advancement at Edmonton Economic Development Corporation, which manages the park.

The Edmonton Research Park (ERP) houses dozens of research companies and is managed by Edmonton Economic Development Corporation (EEDC). The ERP is also a stakeholder in TEC Edmonton, a joint venture with the University of Alberta. For more information, visit www.edmonton.com. Learn more about Edmonton through the stories of people who've experienced it at www.edmontonstories.ca.

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