February 2019

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
  • An efficient approach for techno-economic evaluation of membrane technologies in SAGD Central Processing Facilities
  • Steam generator tube rupture analysis using dynamic simulation
  • Training, News, and Events 

An efficient approach for techno-economic evaluations of membrane technologies in SAGD Central Processing Facilities

Oil sands operators are continuously investigating ways to reduce operating cost, energy use, and associated GHG emissions through process optimization and the development of innovative technologies. Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) is a thermal bitumen production technology widely used in Northern Alberta's oil sands. A SAGD process consists of bitumen production from subsurface reservoirs and bitumen and water treating in a surface facility. Read More.

Steam generator tube rupture analysis using dynamic simulation

Heat Exchangers are used to transfer heat from a hot fluid to a cold fluid. Most of the times these fluids are available at different pressures and sometimes this difference in pressure may be very significant. In the event of a tube rupture, the high pressure fluid will entrain into the low pressure side causing a pressure build up. Appropriate engineering considerations need to be taken into account during the design process in order to avoid equipment failure, loss of containment, material and even human loss. This article discusses important factors for heat exchanger tube rupture scenarios and presents an example of tube rupture simulation using a dynamic simulation of a steam generator. Read More.

  Training, News and Events
  • Process Ecology is excited for Alberto Alva to present at the IoT in Oil & Gas Canada Conference along with SAIT on February 13-14, 2019. The conference focuses on the use of technology to help operators reduce costs and increase efficiencies.
  • Process Ecology will be attending AspenTech's Optimize 2019 on May 13-16, 2019 to discuss the the application of machine learning, artificial intelligence, and advanced analytics with optimization software to create value for companies in the energy industry.
  • Look out for Process Ecology at COSIA's Oil Innovation Summit on June 3-4, 2019. The event showcases the latest research, collaboration, and innovation for improving oil sands environmental performance.
  • Process Ecology can help take the stress out of your NPRI and greenhouse gas emissions reporting requirements. We will work with you to efficiently gather the required field data, estimate corresponding air emissions, and submit the information as required. E-mail or call us (403-313-8931) if you would like more information.


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