Oil Sands Clay Workshop and Conference

On April 28 and 29, 2015 the first joint COSIA/ Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada (PTAC) Clay Workshop and Conference was held at the University of Alberta.

The conference builds upon three previous clay events held by the Canadian Oil Sands Network for Research and Development (CONRAD) over the past five years. One hundred and twenty representatives from academia, industry, government and, research and development organizations attended the event. Participants came from all over Canada, the US and Europe.

The event was broken into two sections, a workshop on April 28 and the conference on April 29.


A workshop was held on the first day to help bring new and recent professionals and students working in this area up to speed on current issues, technologies and approaches.

“The workshop provided a forum for exchange of information about the operational challenges and academic innovations related to clay in oil sands tailings,” says Heather Kaminsky, a Suncor Research Engineer and conference organizer. “The members of the COSIA Clay Focus Group will be using the discussions from the workshop to refine the contents of a textbook they are developing on the same subject.”

Workshop Presentations (PTAC website): http://www.ptac.org/events/202


The second day was a conference featuring presentations on cutting-edge technology and research on clay in the oil sands, from geology, measurement, extraction, tailings and consolidation through to reclamation.

The conference also featured a student poster session with new and emerging ideas in clay research.

“The poster session was a great opportunity to speak with researchers doing groundbreaking work in the field of oil sands clays,” says Phil Ruban, COSIA Senior Technical Advisor, Tailings EPA. “It was also a great way to network with the other conference attendees and participants.”

Conference Presentations (PTAC website): http://www.ptac.org/events/200


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