Canadian National Railway Co. says he plans to build a pilot installation worth up to $ 50 million next year to create bitumen bitumen for rail and ship transport to customers around the world.
CN has been working on technology for years, which mixes and covers heavy, viscous oil with plastic plastic, creating a granular product called CanaPux, which can be transported in an open railway car and will flow after pouring into water.
James Cairns, vice president of crude oil and chemicals at the CN, says the railroad is in talks with federal and albert governments, along with potential oil partners and the Heart Lake First Nation in North Alberta, to finance 10,000 barrels on the day-to-day installation pilot.
He says he hopes that the costs of the pilot project will be divided into thirds between the CN, government and industry.
If the pilot is successful, the CN will build a factory with a commercial size, capable of converting up to 50,000 barrels a day of heavy crude oil.
Cairns says the company has signed a memorandum of understanding with an unnamed Asian customer who is interested in importing discs into his country and separating oil and polymer for processing and sale.