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Heavy Oil and Bitumen Pellets: Solid Phase Transport of Oil
Speakers: Ian Gates and Jacky Wang
Given market access issues, there is a need to find new ways to transport W. Canada’s heavy oil and bitumen products and there is potential that crude by rail could be a solution for bitumen transportation. Solideum Inc. has developed a technology for pelletizing heavy oil and bitumen into a non-sticky solid format which can be easily and safely transported by rail. In this talk, we will discuss Solideum’s technology on conversion of heavy oil and bitumen to solid phase oil and issues surrounding its transport by rail.
Ian D. Gates is Professor in Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering and Director of the University of Calgary’s CFREF $75 million unconventional oil and gas program. He worked for seven years in industry prior to joining the university and since joining the University in 2004, has been a consultant for many small and large energy companies both in Canada and internationally. His primary research interests are in the area of heavy oil and oil sands. Dr. Gates holds a B.Sc. from the University of Calgary, an M.A.Sc. from the University of British Columbia, and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, all in chemical engineering. He is a registered professional engineer in Alberta.
Jacky Wang is a Research Engineer in Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering and Research Associate in the University of Calgary’s CFREF $75 million unconventional oil and gas program. He worked for ten years in industry prior to joining the university and has consulted for energy companies both in Canada and internationally. His primary research interests are in the area of heavy oil and oil sands. Mr. Wang holds a B.Sc. from the East China University of Science and Technology, an M.Eng. from the University of Calgary, and is currently working on a Ph.D. at the University of Calgary, all in chemical engineering. He is a registered professional engineer in Alberta.
Corey Caville will provide an overview of CN and insight on the demand to move crude by rail and new innovative products like CanaPux. CN is investing to support growth in the rail sector across all commodity groups by investing in new locomotives, hiring people, and expanding its infrastructure to match increasing demand. CN’s capital budget for 2018 was $3.5B and in 2019 will be a record $3.9B. CN is seeing increased demand for crude and is working with shippers to build incremental capacity for crude-by-rail. CN’s network directly overlays the Peace River, Athabasca and Cold Lake production areas and provides producers with single line access to refineries in Eastern Canada, the U.S. Midwest and Gulf Coast as well as export terminals in Louisiana. In addition, with CN’s interconnections with other Class 1 railroads, CN customers can access the Pacific Northwest, Texas and the Eastern seaboard. CN offers a safe and complementary service to pipelines, providing customers with greater market reach and scalability.
Corey Caville is the Market Manager for Crude Oil in CN’s Petroleum & Chemicals business unit, based in Calgary. Corey works with producers, traders, refineries and loading/unloading facilities that ship crude-by-rail. Corey joined CN in 2015 as part of the Supply Chain Solutions team working with non-rail-served shippers and receivers to find solutions to get their products on rail.
Corey holds a Bachelors degree in Finance and an MBA from the University of Calgary. Prior to joining CN, Corey worked for Teck Resources and Walter Energy.