Upgrading. Bitumen from the oil sands has been degraded by millions of years of organic processes, resulting in a thick, viscous substance with a deficiency of. About 40% of Alberta's bitumen, mostly sourced from mined oil sands, is upgraded into light/sweet synthetic crude oil (SCO) before being sold. Oil sands are a loose sand deposit which contain a very viscous form of Upgrading is a process by which bitumen is transformed into an.
An upgrader is a facility that upgrades bitumen (extra heavy oil) into synthetic crude oil. Upgrader plants are typically located close to oil sands production. Suncor's oil sands business recovers bitumen through surface mining and steam injection technologies and upgrades it into refinery-ready crude oil products. This page describes the chemical and physical processes involved in upgrading bitumen to synthetic crude oil and other products.
Tutorial on Upgrading of Oilsands Bitumen. Murray R Gray. Imperial Oil/NSERC Industrial Research Chair in. Oil Sands Upgrading. Department of Chemical and . Bitumen upgrading is the chemical treatment of bitumen that is used in an low- quality, thick bitumen into a higher quality synthetic crude oil. over bitumen- only expansion at Horizon oilsands mine", Global News, About 55 per cent of Canada's oil sands are upgraded locally. Bitumen and some heavy oils are too viscus to flow through pipelines and must be diluted with. Two years after a blue-ribbon panel called on the Alberta government to encourage partial upgrading of bitumen from the oilsands to enhance.