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Athabasca Oil selects GE’s water-treatment technologies for SAGD project  

By Gerald Ondrey |

Athabasca Oil Corp. (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) has awarded GE (www.ge.com) a contract to design and supply an integrated evaporator system for its 12,000-bbl/d Hangingstone oil sands operation located near Fort McMurray in northeastern Alberta, Canada. GE’s produced water evaporation process will enable the reliable treatment of produced water from the Hangingstone facility’s steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) process, combined with the use of brackish makeup water in lieu of fresh makeup water. The water treatment system will recover 97% of the produced water and brackish makeup water fed to the system as boiler feedwater to drive the SAGD process. GE’s patented produced-water evaporation solution has become the technology of choice for SAGD projects in the Canadian oil sands region as it helps producers minimize water consumption and water disposal, reduce environmental footprint and improve operating efficiencies. Athabasca’s Hangingstone project exemplifies the growing trend of using produced water evaporation systems for greenfield SAGD projects, due in part to the economic and environmental benefits offered by evaporators and drum boilers compared to traditional water treatment and once-through, steam-generation…
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