Non-conventional recovery mining of the oil sands is accomplished insitu (in its original place) with limited surface disturbance. According to the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, 80% of the total oil sands reserves are too deep for conventional recoverable methods and 97% of current recovery operations rely on insitu technology.

The availability of onsite resources, including the requisite chemicals for water treatment and costly energy consumption required to generate the ideal Steam Oil Ratio (SOR), are among the challenges the industry faces to reduce CAPEX (capital expenditures) and OPEX (operational expenditures), and increase NETBACK (net return on investment) for proven reserves.

Spartan’s extensive tier of products and application expertise will optimize operational costs, reduce risk through inventory control, and provide the tools to reduce energy expenditures.

Check out this great video, by one of Canada's leading independent oil and natural gas exploration and production companies, that shows an animated illustration of the steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) process that is commonly used in the recovery of oil sands reserves.

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