Siemens Water Technologies selected to treat soot waste stream from oil sands upgrading operation in Canada

The Long Lake Project has chosen Siemens to treat soot waste stream from oil sands upgrading operation in Canada. The Water Technologies division of Siemens Group Industrial Solutions and Services (I&S) will supply a Zimpro wet air oxidation system to destroy soot generated during the production of syngas. The US$60M system will reduce costs associated with landfill disposal and waste, and will be installed at the Long Lake Project site, 26 miles southeast of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada...

WARRENDALE, PA, Aug. 23, 2006 -- The Long Lake Project, has chosen Siemens to treat soot waste stream from oil sands upgrading operation in Canada. The Water Technologies division of Siemens Group Industrial Solutions and Services (I&S) will supply a Zimpro wet air oxidation system to destroy soot generated during the production of syngas. The US$60 million system will reduce costs associated with landfill disposal and waste, and will be installed at the Long Lake Project site, located 26 miles southeast of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada.

The Long Lake project is a "next generation" oil sands development that integrates established and proprietary technologies and is expected to produce 58,500 b/d of products, primarily 39° API premium sweet crude oil. By adding the Zimpro wet air oxidation unit to the gasification process, soot volume is reduced to about 10% of its original volume, substantially reducing the amount of material to be disposed. Ultimately, the system reduces costs associated with landfill disposal and waste. In addition, the Zimpro wet air oxidation system allows the recovery of valuable materials present in the soot, like nickel and vanadium. The Long Lake project is currently under construction, with the production of synthetic crude beginning in mid-2007. Construction of the Zimpro wet air oxidation system will begin near the end of the current Long Lake construction, with start-up expected by the end of 2007.

The first phase of Long Lake project consists of 72,000 barrels per day of SAGD (steam assisted gravity drainage) oil production integrated with an upgrading facility, using OPTI Canada's proprietary process and commercially available hydrocracking and gasification processes. Asphaltenes from the OrCrude process go into a gasifier, which produces syngas (a mixture of Carbon Monoxide and Hydrogen used to generate the steam required for the SAGD process and to further upgrade the synthetic crude) and a soot waste product - the product that will be treated by the Zimpro wet air oxidation unit.

"Our team is very excited about this opportunity to be involved with the Long Lake project," says Jerry Rogers, Director of Petroleum and Oil & Gas products and systems for Siemens Water Technologies. "This is an innovative application for our wet air oxidation technology - one that will provide significant environmental benefit."

The "Long Lake Project Site" was created by two industry leading partners.
Get further information under www.longlake.ca

Zimpro wet air oxidation was developed and commercialized in the 1960s. Today, Siemens Water Technologies continues to specialize in providing systems and services to the petroleum and petrochemical and chemical industries. The company has supplied more than 180 wet oxidation systems for a variety of applications, from high-strength industrial wastewater to municipal sludge.

Zimpro is a registered trademark of Siemens Water Technologies or its affliates. OrCrude is a trademark of OPTI Canada.

Siemens Water Technologies (www.siemens.com/water), including the USFilter Group of Companies (www.usfilter.com) delivers cost-effective, reliable water and wastewater treatment systems and services to municipal, industrial, commercial and institutional customers worldwide. The division "Water Technologies" is part of Siemens' Industrial Solutions and Services Group (I&S) which is a system and solution provider for industrial and infrastructure facilities and global service provider for the plant and projects business covering planning, installation, operation and the entire life cycle. In fiscal 2005 (to Sept. 30), I&S employed a total of 31,700 people worldwide and achieved total sales of EUR 5.390 billion [US$6.875 billion].

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