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JWN Energy - Oilsands solvent techs, low-sulphur marine fuel system get federal, provincial funding

10-May-2017

Three oilsands clean tech development projects have received funding from Alberta Innovates and Natural Resources Canada. Cenovus Energy, MEG Energy and Field Upgrading Limited were all awarded financial support on Thursday. Cenovus Energy received $2 million from Alberta Innovates and $7. 52 million from NRCan for its solvent driven process field demonstration project. The project involves co-injecting solvent together with steam into a well at Cenovus's Foster Creek project after approximately one to ...

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Bunkerspot - The bottom line

01-Apr-2017

Given the sharp reduction in the sulphur content of marine fuel mandated by the IMO on a global level from 2020, the future of the bunker ‘workhorse’, heavy fuel oil, is less than clear cut. However, as Neil Camarta of Field Upgrading explains, the company’s DSU desulphurisation process directly produces low sulphur fuel from bottom of the barrel residue or high sulphur fuel oil. Global regulations around marine fuel sulphur content and emissions in the international shipping sector are being tightene...

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Sherwood Park News - Industry cleaning up the waters

31-Jan-2017

A land-locked Industrial Heartland-based facility is hoping to help clean the world’s oceans. Following a successful one-year pilot project, Field Upgrading is about to embark on its CleanSeas demonstration project-which will see the creation of a value-added, low-sulphur marine fuel. Launched in 2015, the $35-million pilot project produced 10 barrels of marine fuel per day, and the $100-million demo project will ramp up to a capacity of 2,500 barrels per day. The pilot technology received support from...

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Fort Saskatchewan Record - From landlocked to marine fuel stock

26-Jan-2017

A land-locked Fort Saskatchewan industry will help clean up the world’s oceans. Following a successful one-year pilot project, Field Upgrading is about to embark on its CleanSeas demonstration project which will see the creation of a value-added low sulphur marine fuel. Launched in 2015, the $35-million pilot project produced ten barrels of marine fuel per day and the $100-million demo project will ramp up to a capacity of 2,500 barrels per day. The pilot technology received support from both levels o...

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Platts: Oilgram News - Alberta producers upbeat on new bunker rules

24-Jan-2017

Edmonton, Alberta—Low-sulfur specifications for marine oil proposed last year by the International Maritime Organization will open up opportunities in Alberta to invest in new refining and upgrading facilities, as increased heavy oil output in the province will start seeking global markets, industry officials said last week. “The new IMO regulations that stipulate reducing the sulfur content from 3. 5% to 0. 5% from 2020 present a great opportunity for us and evaluations are underway for producing such ...

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Ship and Bunker - Canadian Low Sulfur Fuel Producer Talks with Singapore Shippers Ahead of 2020

20-Jan-2017

Canada's Field Upgrading Ltd. (Field Upgrading), which is working to produce low sulfur marine fuel ahead of the 2020 implementation of a global 0. 50 percent cap on sulfur in bunkers, says it has already met with Singapore shipping companies - key members of its target market. As Ship & Bunker previously reported, Calgary-based Field Upgrading is just one of the many Canadian companies looking for opportunities from tightening environmental regulations in the shipping industry, such as emission co...

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Bunkerspot - AMERICAS: FIELD UPGRADING LOOKING TO 2020

20-Jan-2017

A pilot project could see around 2,500 barrels-per-day (bpd) of low-sulphur marine fuel produced at a new facility near Edmonton, Alberta. The company will make a decision on whether to go ahead with the project, which is estimated to cost CAD$75 million, later this year, reports the Edmonton Journal. If it does go ahead, it is expected to come on stream in the third quarter of 2017. Based in Calgary, Alberta, Field Upgrading is focussed on the development and commercialisation of a new bitumen and sour...

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Daily Oil Bulletin - Keyera/Sasol Land Deal Among New Developments Announced At Alberta Industrial Heartland Event

20-Jan-2017

Edmonton — With multiple major projects underway and several more proposals on the horizon, there’s a great deal of optimism in the future of the Alberta Industrial Heartland region northeast of Edmonton. But two sections of land once slated for a multibillion-dollar project are fated to remain unused for now. Sasol Canada has sold 1,290 acres of land once planned for a proposed gas-to-liquids facility to Keyera Corporation, the audience at Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association’s (AIHA) 18thannual...

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Edmonton Journal - Activity likely to drop this year as Industrial Heartland construction winds down, chair says

19-Jan-2017

Activity in Alberta’s Industrial Heartland will likely drop this year as major construction winds down, but with new projects looming the future looks bright, chair Ed Gibbons says. The Sturgeon refinery, which employed about 7,500 people at its peak in December, has shed up to 2,000 jobs as work is completed, while at least three other plants were finished last year, according to information presented Thursday at the group’s annual lunch. “We’re going to have a lot of tradespeople looking for work. We...

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Financial Post - Partial upgrading of oilsands could fetch additional $10-15 per barrel: report

06-Jan-2017

CALGARY — A new report suggests that Canada would benefit from higher capacity of so-called “partial upgrading” technology, a process that would help oilsands players fetch a higher price for their product and ease longstanding pipeline woes. Researchers at the University of Calgary School of Public Policy released a report Thursday saying that — under certain scenarios — the construction of a typical partial upgrader would net billions in returns to private enterprises and government over a 20-year p...

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Innovation Anthology - Field Upgrading Targets Marine Diesel Market With New Desulphuring Tech

29-Nov-2016

If Neil Camarta has his way, his new method for taking sulphur out of heavy oil will also be cleaning the oceans. Neil is president and founder of Field Upgrading. This Alberta startup has developed clean technology to use sodium instead of hydrogen to take sulphur out of bitumen. And his target market is not cars, but ships, the world’s largest single consumers of high sulphur heavy oil. NEIL CAMARTA: All the ships that sail upon the sea, they burn about 4 million barrels per day, 3. 5% sulphur. ...

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Innovation Anthology - Field Upgrading Uses Sodium to Remove Sulphur From Heavy Oil

24-Nov-2016

What do beer, bitumen, and greenhouse gas emissions have in common?That would be Neil Camarta. He's president and founder of Field Upgrading. Neil spent his engineering career building conventional upgraders which emit hydrogen sulphide and other noxious pollutants to the atmosphere. Now he has teamed up with the Coors beer family and Alberta Innovates to commercialize a simple and clean upgrading technology for oil. NEIL CAMARTA: So we use sodium. It's a metal, but it melts at low temperature. It mix...

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Ship and Bunker - Canadian Companies Look for Opportunities Amid Tightening Bunker Regs

23-Nov-2016

Calgary-based Field Upgrading, which plans to turn bitumen into ultra-low sulfur bunkers, is just one of the many Canadian companies looking for opportunities from tightening environmental regulations in the shipping industry, such as emission control areas (ECAs) and the 0. 50 percent global cap on sulfur coming in 2020, local media outlet Alberta Oil reports. Neil Camarta, Field Upgrading's CEO, says the process will take "the dirty out of dirty oil," lowering sulfur content from 5 percent to 0. 1 per...

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Ship and Bunker - UPDATE: IMO decides on 2020 for 0.5% global bunker sulfur cap

27-Oct-2016

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has decided to implement a 0. 5% global sulfur limit from 2020, rather than delaying it for a further five years. The decision, taken at a meeting in London Thursday, cuts the global sulfur limit for marine fuels from 3. 5% to 0. 5% from the start of 2020, which will force most shipowners to buy more expensive middle distillate-based fuels and no longer burn fuel oil. The IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee discussed the issue Thursday morning before...

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Alberta Venture Magazine - Alberta's Value Village

03-Oct-2016

Adding value to primary resources can be a long, expensive undertaking. Those who come out on top sometimes need help to get there. Neil Camarta knows old habits die hard. Consider that he’s retired twice already, the first after 30 years of travelling the world with Shell, the second after a stint with Petro­ Canada during the whirlwind of the company’s merger with Suncor. But the president and CEO of Field Upgrading, who came out of his second retirement to found the Calgary­based technology develo...

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Oilweek Magazine – Partial Upgrading Plans Target Bunker Fuel Market

01-Sep-2016

A bitumen upgrading pilot project near Fort Saskatchewan, Alta. , has found a potentially lucrative business model lurking at the bottom of a barrel of heavy oil. “We’re bottom feeders. We like heavy oil that’s stuffed with sulphur, so bitumen or other heavy oil like that. We take the dirty out of the dirty oil,” said Neil Camarta, president and chief executive officer of Field Upgrading Ltd. , which officially launched its pilot plant in June. The 10-bbl/d pilot cost $30 million: $9 million coming from ...

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Life in the Heartland - Heartland 101 July 2016: High Tech in the Heartland

01-Jul-2016

Inside a farm-style quonset just north of Fort Saskatchewan sits millions of dollars worth of instruments, tubes, pipes, and steel. It’s all assembled into Field Upgrading’s test facility. This is just one of the technology-leading projects that is putting Alberta’s Industrial Heartland on the innovation map. Between carbon capture and storage, offgas processing, energy mapping, and others, companies in the Heartland are exploring and adopting greener projects in our energy sector. From Technology to T...

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Alberta's Industrial Heartland – The High Tech of Low Sulphur

27-Jun-2016

Field Upgrading has solution to marine fuel pollutionIt’s a quonset no different than those on local farms used to store seed drills and swathers. Inside this quonset, however, sits millions of dollars worth of instruments, tubes, pipes, steel, and innovation. It’s all assembled into Field Upgrading’s 10 barrel per day upgrading test facility. Compared to the 250,000+ barrel per day upgrading facility a few range roads over, it’s like a mouse beside an elephant. But size isn’t what Field Upgrading is ...

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BNN Interview - Cleaning oil sand bitumen faster and easier

17-Jun-2016

GOLDEN, COLORADO – Fri, Jun 17, 2016 - 11:30 AM   Neil Camarta is the President and CEO of Field Upgrading, a private company that is working on the development of new technology to remove sulphur and acid from oil sands bitumen. The company recently built a 10 barrels per day pilot facility in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta to further prove and showcase their technology. He joins BNN for more on this.  To watch the full interview, please visit http://www. bnn. ca/Video/player. aspx?vid=8...

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Edmonton Journal - Upgrading company aims to take the 'dirty out of dirty oil' with new bitumen technology at Edmonton-area pilot plant

16-Jun-2016

Fort Saskatchewan — A Calgary company is developing new technology to clean heavy oil that could vastly reduce the cost and emissions involved in producing Alberta bitumen. “We take the dirty out of dirty oil,” Field Upgrading Ltd. president Neil Camarta said Wednesday during a tour of his firm’s Fort Saskatchewan 10-barrel-a-day pilot plant. The facility, which opened last December, cleans feedstock by mixing it in a tank with molten sodium, which reacts with the sulphur, heavy metals and acids, and r...

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Daily Oil Bulletin - Upgrading Pilot Project Requires No Direct GHG Emissions To Produce De-Sulphurized Bitumen

16-Jun-2016

Edmonton — A bitumen upgrading pilot project near Fort Saskatchewan has found a potentially lucrative business model lurking at the bottom of a bbl of heavy oil. “We’re bottom feeders. We like heavy oil that’s stuffed with sulphur, so bitumen or other heavy oil like that. We take the dirty out of the dirty oil,” said Neil Camarta, president and chief executive officer of Field Upgrading Ltd. , which officially launched its pilot plant on Wednesday. The 10-bbl-per-day pilot cost $30 million, with $9 mi...

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Alberta Oil Magazine - Canada’s Top Energy Innovators 2016

01-Apr-2016

The Innovation: Making oil into marine fuel in landlocked Alberta The Innovator: Neil Camarta Product DevelopmentThe flat, dry Alberta landscape is the last place you would expect to find a technology that turns heavy oil into marine fuel. But Field Upgrading is doing exactly that with its pilot project based in Fort Saskatchewan, located just north of Edmonton—and 800 kilometers from the nearest coastline. It’s an idea that is often met with raised eyebrows. “People don’t immediately under...

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BNN Interview - Oilsands Pioneer Weighs In

01-Sep-2015

CALGARY, ALBERTA – Tue, Sep 1, 2015 - 11:30 AM   A look at the biggest risks facing the oils sands as prices continues to languish, as well as how those challenges open the door for innovation, with Neil Camarta, a pioneering oil sands exec with Royal Dutch Shell and Petro-Canada who now focuses on new technology. To watch the full interview, please visit http://www. bnn. ca/Video/player. aspx?vid=693868.

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Alberta Oil Magazine - Canada’s Top Energy Innovators 2015

03-Mar-2015

The Innovation: Taking the dirty out of dirty oilThe Innovator: Neil CamartaExploration and DevelopmentWhether it’s the European Union’s aborted fuel quality directive or the efforts of anti-Keystone protestors to single out oil sands crude, it’s clear that Canadian crude is under attack. These attacks share a common strategy: to effectively ­­de-commoditize oil from various sources by defining them by the emissions attached to extracting them. That’s bad news for oil sands crude, given that it tends...

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Novel Desulfurization May Boost Refiner, Oil-sand Production Values

14-Jan-2015

Downstream Business - (Dec 3, 2014) Alberta-based Field Upgrading is touting a molten-sodium crude desulfurization and demetallization scheme that not only could slash the cost of refinery processing of oil-sands crudes—and simultaneously boost the producer value of such crudes—but also could deliver more supplies for the burgeoning low-sulfur marine bunker-fuel markets. Asked for more details about the scheme, Field Upgrading business development vice-president Mike Doma told Hart Energy’s Downstream...

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Bnn Interview - Never Mind Bloated Upgraders: Here's The Oil Sands Killer App

04-Dec-2014

CALGARY, ALBERTA – Thu, Dec 4, 2014 - 11:50 AMFormer oil patch exec Neil Camarta is now focusing his attention on new oil upgrading technology. The President and CEO of Field Upgrading says his approach looks to produce cleaner and cheaper fuel. To watch the full interview, please visit http://www. bnn. ca/Video/player. aspx?vid=506603.  

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Hsfo Desulphurisation Trials Show Promise

14-Nov-2014

A Canadian technology firm says it has successfully used a patented desulphurisation technology to produce low sulphur fuel oil (LSFO) that can comply with upcoming bunker fuel sulphur limits from high sulphur feedstocks. Mike Doma from Alberta-based Field Upgrading told a bunker conference last week that the company’s vision was to be a supplier of low sulphur residual fuel by 2020. The firm says it has a "scalable, cost-effective process" that uses a reaction between molten sodium and bitumen to redu...

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Innovative Technology Improves Upgrading Process For Unconventional Oil Resources

30-Jul-2013

Washington, D. C. - An innovative oil-upgrading technology that can increase the economics of unconventional petroleum resources has been developed under a U. S. Department of Energy -funded project. The promising technology, developed by Ceramatec of Salt Lake City, Utah, and managed by the Office of Fossil Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory, has been licensed to Western Hydrogen of Calgary for upgrading bitumen or heavy oil from Canada. A new company, Field Upgrading (Calgary, Alberta), ha...

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Utah Company's Heavy Oil Technology Licensed To Calgary Firm

30-Jul-2013

A Utah company’s technology that uses an alkali metal in combination with hydrogen or methane to remove sulfur, nitrogen, and metals from bitumen and other heavy oils has been licensed to a Calgary upgrading company, the US Department of Energy announced. The technology also encompasses an electrolytic process to regenerate the alkali metal and separate sulfur and metals, DOE’s Fossil Energy Office (FEO) said on Apr. 9. Ceramatec Inc. of West Valley City, Utah, developed the technology with assistance ...

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Keystone Aside, U.s. Eyes Its Own Tar Sands

30-Jun-2013

While partisans spar over the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which would bring oil south from the Alberta tar sands, the U. S. Department of Energy yesterday announced a new technology to make U. S. oil sands and heavy oil viable for refining. The technology could spur mining of oil shale in the Green River basin in Utah, Colorado and Wyoming, home to the largest domestic reserves. And oil companies could pursue heavy oil that has been left idle in the U. S. on the North Shore of Alaska and offshore Cali...

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