Winter 2016 /

Process Modelling and Optimization. 

The Process Ecology Newsletter includes updates and news relevant to the energy industry regarding regulatory updates for air emissions, technical information related to process simulation as well as case studies and best practices in process engineering.

This issue

  • Training and events
  • Health and Environmental Impacts of Amine-based CO2 Capture Plant – A literature review
  • A review of the New Alberta Climate Change Policy

Health and Environmental Impacts of Amine CO2 Capture Plants: A literature review

In-situ oil sands extraction (SAGD) is widely used in Western Canada to produce the large reserves of hydrocarbon resources in the region. These plants are energy intensive with large volumes of natural gas required for steam generation. The associated emission of greenhouse gases (GHG) from combustion processes is attracting increased attention from all stakeholders in the context of efforts toward mitigation of global warming. Various approaches have been proposed to limit the emissions of CO2, and among those approaches, amine-based CO2 absorption systems have received significant attention for combustion-based plants for the following reasons [1]:
(1) These systems are effective for dilute CO2 streams (typically flue gas has 10%-12% CO2 by volume).
(2) Amine-based systems are a proven technology which has been widely used in gas sweetening.
(3) Amine-based CO2 capture systems can operate at normal temperatures and pressures.
(4) A major effort worldwide has been made to improve and investigate this process.
An amine-based CO2 capture plant in Mongstad, Norway is shown above... Read more

Updates to Alberta Climate Change Policy

Climate change is one of the great challenges of our time and directly affects the health and quality of life, environment, and economy in a society. Climate policy is a global issue and nations around the globe are taking actions to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In response to global policy change and contribute to global emission reductions, Alberta’s Climate Change Advisory Panel recommends the development of a comprehensive climate change strategy with the main objectives of reducing Alberta’s GHG emissions, mainly via reductions in the use of coal and oil, and increasing use of natural gas and renewable energy.

The main thread of the proposed strategy is carbon pricing. The panel believes that “carbon pricing is the most flexible and least-cost way to reduce emissions” [1]. The new policy is intended to urge consumers and companies to use lower-carbon, cleaner, and renewable energy resources instead of high-priced and high-emissions energy. The implementation of the policy will speed up the reduction trend in carbon emissions in the short term and in the longer term, it will create an environment encouraging innovative ideas and new technologies and make an opportunity for lower-carbon products to compete in the energy market [1]. Read more


 Training and Events

  • Process Ecology and ConocoPhillips will jointly present a paper at the upcoming COSIA AI-EES Water Conference in Calgary, March 22-23. Register and join us.
  • A Process Integration Training Workshop will be held in Vancouver, BC from April 5-7, 2016 and will provide information about using NRCan's INTEGRATION software. Alberto Alva, a licensed NRCan Trainer and a Principal at Process Ecology, will facilitate training in a variety of process integration techniques. 
  • One of our Principals, Laura Chutny , will be speaking at the ShaleTech conference on April 20th, 2016 in Calgary, Alberta. She will be discussing  An Integrated Methodology for Managing Greenhouse Gas (GHGs) from Shale Gas Flaring and Venting.
Easily track and report accurate flared and vented gas volumes using the FlareAdvisor web-based system.

FlareAdvisor is an innovative web-based software that is designed to assist the Upstream Oil & Gas sector estimate and manage flaring and venting volumes and associated air emissions from operating facilities. FlareAdvisor brings together the benefits of a modern user interface with rigorous engineering calculations that will meet the most stringent requirements for reporting.

Register for an evaluation trial today. Please visit or send us an email

Copyright © 2016 Process Ecology, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
#930 710-20 Crowfoot Crescent NW
Calgary, AB T3G 2P6

Subscribe to our newsletter