Forget the mine in Alaska for the time being , the oil sands project is getting hot
So even though suncor deal could be huge, we still have to have a successful pilot correct? My hope is since the firsat one was successful, so will this one be
RE:2019--- Suncor / MRT demo plant!!
From Suncor website;.... " Currently, warm water is used to separate bitumen from the sands. If we could reduce the need for water and replace it with an alternative solvent, we may be able to reduce water usage, the need for tailings ponds, and potentially, our greenhouse gas footprint by reducing operating temperatures and simplifying our overall process". "We are currently undertaking various lab pilots utilizing solvents to prove that we can extract bitumen effectively without water and produce a dry mixture of sand and clays from this process that could be returned to the mine for reclamation". " This work includes evaluating many process options to develop an optimal design for a demonstration pilot tentatively planned for 2019". Froth Treatment Tailings; " In order to manage FTT material efficiently (both short term and long term), some of the properties of the stream need to be considered. Constituents like Rare Earth Elements (REEs) or titanium and zirconium compounds could be potential revenue streams in the future". " In addition, Suncor has recognized that the presence of REEs in FTT could mean that these materials could be considered a strategic resource for the 21st century rather than a waste stream. Many daily-use items (from rechargeable batteries and magnets to welding goggles) make use of minerals like vanadium and titanium. Research is ongoing to determine if processes can be developed that would commercially unlock the value of these elements, while at the same time improving the long-term environmental performance of the oil sands industry". --------- ( https://sustainability.suncor.com/en/innovation/mining-technologies
) ------ We heard over and over although MRT had initially succeeded MRT, the MOSP wanted to improve it's process even further. The MOSP created a way to reduce water and wanted to make sure MRT & the rest of this new flow sheet could still extract from the solvents it introduced. This is an even all around better approach than what was previously thought. We now have an oil company talking about being a strategic metals provider & MRT is the chosen platform. This is it, what we've all been waiting for ----- our MRT testing
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