Field Upgrading is a Canadian company, based in Calgary, Alberta dedicated to the development and commercialization of a new bitumen and sour heavy oil sulphur removal and upgrading technology called DSU™.
DSU™ uses molten sodium to significantly reduce the levels of sulphur, metals, acid (TAN) and asphaltenes in heavy oil feedstocks, including oil sands bitumen. DSU™ also significantly increases the API gravity of the feedstocks while achieving a relatively higher yield compared to conventional upgrading technologies (i.e. no large piles of coke or asphaltenes are left behind).
In the case of oil sands bitumen, the API gravity is increased from 8 API to 18 API, reducing the need for diluent for pipeline transportation. Preliminary cost estimates indicate that the technology compares favourably against delayed coking with lower capital costs and higher operating margins and is also conducive to relatively small-scale applications.
Ceramatec is Field Upgrading's technical partner. They are the world's leading ceramics material technologies research and development company. Under an exclusive licensing agreement with Ceramatec, their extensive expertise will continue to be made available to support the development of the DSU™ technology through to commercialization. To support the development of this technology for heavy oil upgrading, a team has been assembled with over 100 years of upstream and downstream experience in the oil business.
Field Upgrading has built a 10 barrel per day pilot facility in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta to further prove and showcase their DSU™ technology. The pilot has been operational since the end of 2015. Our pilot plant has confirmed our earlier lab results.