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Call for Posters

The Water EPA segment of the 2015 COSIA Innovation Summit is dedicated to presenting technical, operational, and policy information on oil sands water sourcing / use / re-use / disposal for both in situ and open pit mining recovery of bitumen and its subsequent upgrading or conversion to synthetic crude oil.

Interested parties are invited to submit abstracts for posters in keeping with the Water theme: “Accelerating environmental improvement of oil sands water management to achieve the COSIA Water Performance Goals through applied research, technology development, and innovation.”

In situ Water Performance Goal:

Reduce fresh make-up water use intensity by 50% by 2022 measured from a 2012 baseline

Mining Water Performance Goal:

Reduce the net water use intensity from the Athabasca River and its tributaries by 30% by 2022 measured from a 2012 baseline.

Technologies that help achieve these performance goals must also have a positive environmental net effect so that improvements in water use do not result in detrimental impacts on other environmental areas. Specifically they must also have potential to improve one or more of the following areas:

  • GHG intensity
  • Impact on land and disposal management
  • Cumulative effects mitigation

In addition, mining and in situ water technologies that improve environmental performance while decreasing capital and/or operating costs are important as lower cost technologies that also result in environmental performance improvements are the most likely to be commercialized.

Water Themes

Theme 1 – In situ water management challenges

  • Increasing steam quality from OTSGs
  • Technology to improve treatment and disposal of residuals streams including boiler and evaporator blowdown
  • Water treatment technology
  • Improving process analysis, instrumentation and control
  • Understanding and management of thermal mobilization of heavy metals in groundwater
  • Operations and design best practices

Theme 2 – Mining Water Management Challenges

  • Water recycle and re-use technologies
  • Improving understanding of cumulative effects including natural and anthropogenic inputs to the Athabasca watershed
  • Treatment of process-affected waters and mine depressurization water for re-use or return to the watershed
  • Improving understanding of the design and performance of oil sands pit lakes

Theme 3 – Regional Water Management and Strategies

  • Drivers in water management and technology development plans
  • Regional water strategies and plans (regulatory, industry, and NGO perspectives, regional sourcing and disposal)
  • Groundwater and surface water sustainability
  • Provincial and Federal Government water plans and policies
  • Collaborative projects
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