Bayshore Petroleum to build the first heavy oil upgraderStaff writer ▼ | September 30, 2013
The upgrader will use a proprietary low temperature catalytic cracking (CCC) technology which was invented, patented and developed by Cao Zhide of Chemical Foreign Economic Cooperation Centre (CFECC) in Beijing, China.
The first pilot CCC heavy oil upgrader is planned for construction in the Meota, Saskatchewan area, and will have a daily heavy oil processing capacity of 350 barrels.
Bayshore, in conjunction with the funding group TianAn, will secure the site location and heavy oil supply, apply for and obtain regulatory approval, manage the construction and supervision of the pilot plant and market the light oil and petroleum coke finished products. Engineering design is being initiated and construction work will be awarded to qualified service providers once engineering work is finalized.
During a laboratory bench test held in Beijing early this year, which was verified by both CFECC and third parties, it was demonstrated that 10 degree API heavy oil from Meota area can be upgraded into diesel-like light oil (29 degree API), synthetic gas and petroleum coke using only 2% of the proprietary catalyst. The experiment was conducted at atmospheric pressure and temperature not higher than 450 degree C. No hydrogen is added in the process.
Bayshore and TianAn intend to continue exploring different opportunities to commercialize this technology and apply the technology to the heavy oil market in Canada.
Bayshore is a Calgary, Alberta based corporation engaged in the exploration, development and production of petroleum and natural gas. ■