COSIA’s Water Challenges

The Water Environmental Priority Area has identified the below COSIA Challenges to help mobilize the minds and resources of external stakeholders and global solutions providers and allow it to achieve its Aspiration to ‘be world leaders in water management, producing Canadian energy with no adverse impact on water’.

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Water Challenge Statements

Technologies that Improve Existing Once Through Steam Generator (OTSG) Performance

The COSIA Water Environmental Priority Area Steering Committee is seeking new technologies focused on reducing/eliminating fouling in steam generators for Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) and Cyclic Steam Stimulation (CSS) produced water recycle.

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Novel Steam Generator Design

The COSIA Water Environmental Priority Area Steering Committee is seeking new designs for steam generators focused on improved performance for Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) and Cyclic Steam Stimulation (CSS) produced water recycle.

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Online Water Hardness Analyzer

COSIA members believe that improved monitoring and control at in situ oil sands operations will lead to improved environmental performance through greater process reliability. To that end, the COSIA Water EPA Steering Committee is seeking a robust online analyzer to accurately measure boiler feed water hardness at in situ oil sands operations.

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Passive Organics Treatment Technology

The COSIA Water Environmental Priority Area Steering Committee has identified a need for technologies to passively treat dissolved organic compounds present in Oil Sands Process Water (OSPW). They are seeking improvement to existing or new non-mechanical technologies to achieve sufficient removal of the acid extractable organics such that it passes the acute bioassays.

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Fouling Resistant OTSGs

The Water EPA SC is interested in new steam generator technologies to replace existing steam generators in the existing process configuration. Proposals based on work that is a proven concept are desired.

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High Temperature Membrane Demineralization of Recovered Water

The Water Environmental Priority Area Steering Committee invites proposals for membrane demineralization technologies operating above 85⁰C to replace part of or the entire water treatment train. Two applications, possibly sequential are seen; feed water for once-thru-steam generators (lower quality), and feed water for drum boilers (higher quality).

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Alternative Silica Removal Technologies

The COSIA Water Environmental Priority Area Steering Committee invites proposals for silica removal technologies which could improve the environmental performance of the oil sands. These alternate technologies would replace standard warm / hot lime softeners or produced water evaporators while producing minimal chemical sludge, minimizing reaction times to minimize footprint, removing TOC, with low energy and applicable across a broad concentration range. Proposals based on work that is a proven concept are desired.

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