Sunshine Oilsands Ltd. to Recycle 98 Percent of Produced Water with GE's
-- Sunshine Oilsands Ltd. Selects GE to Design and Supply Produced
Water Evaporator Systems for West Ells SAGD Project
-- GE's Patented Evaporative Technology Will Help Sunshine
Conserve Water and Reduce Operational Costs
ALBERTA, May 30, 2013 /CNW/ - Sunshine Oilsands Ltd. has selected GE's (NYSE:
GE) produced water evaporation technology for its West Ells project in Ft.
McMurray, Alberta, Canada. The steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) project
will initially produce 10,000 barrels per day (bpd) of bitumen—5,000 bpd for
each of the first two phases—and by using GE's produced water evaporation
process, will recycle 98 percent of the wastewater produced by the heavy oil
production technique. Sunshine expects its West Ells site to eventually
produce greater than 100,000 bpd of bitumen.
Sunshine continues a trend of oil producers choosing GE's patented evaporative
technology to treat and recycle SAGD produced water, enabling them to minimize
makeup water consumption and comply with the Alberta Energy Resources
Conservation Board regulations and directives pertaining to water use. The GE
evaporator systems at West Ells will treat de-oiled produced water, boiler and
heat recovery steam generator blowdown and brackish makeup water to produce a
high-quality distillate suitable for use as feedwater for conventional drum
Under the contracts for Phases 1 and 2, GE is supplying its fourth-generation,
fully modularized evaporator systems to achieve the lowest total installed
costs. These advanced, module designs incorporate years of experience and
optimizations resulting from numerous modularized evaporator projects designed
and supplied by GE to clients in the Canadian Oil Sands. Sunshine currently is
installing the Phase 1 evaporator system with the first steam milestone
scheduled for mid-2013. The Phase 2 system is expected to be delivered in
The Canadian Oil Sands have emerged as a critical resource in the world oil
market producing 1.6 million barrels per day (MMbpd) of heavy oil or bitumen
in 2011. This is up 13 percent from 2010 and the growth is forecast to
continue reaching 3.3 MMbpd by 2020 and 5.4 MMbpd in 2045, according to the
Canadian Energy Research Institute.
"As projects in Alberta's oil sands continue to grow, so does the potential
for production activities to produce large quantities of wastewater," said
Yuvbir Singh, general manager, engineered systems—water and process
technologies for GE Power & Water. "Developers of oil sands resources are
increasingly turning to GE's evaporative and zero-liquid discharge
technologies to address this critical issue."
About Sunshine Oilsands Ltd.
Sunshine Oilsands Ltd. (the "corporation" or "Sunshine") is a Calgary-based
public company, listed on the SEHK since March 1, 2012, and the Toronto Stock
Exchange since November 16, 2012. Sunshine is focused on the development of
its significant holdings of oil sands leases in the Athabasca oil sands
region. The corporation owns 100 percent of approximately 1.1 million acres of
oil sands leases. The corporation is currently focused on executing milestone
undertakings in the West Ells project area, where first steam is scheduled for
the third quarter of 2013. West Ells has an initial production target rate of
5,000 barrels per day, which will be followed immediately by an approved
expansion to a planned production capacity of 10,000 barrels per day in early
2014. In addition to West Ells activities, Sunshine is progressing regulatory
approvals for two additional 10,000 barrels per day projects, one in Thickwood
and one in Legend.
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technologies to help solve the world's most complex challenges related to
water availability and quality. Power & Water's six business units include
Distributed Power, Nuclear Energy, Power Generation Services, Renewable
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