Oil sands processing: Extraction, solvent-diluted bitumen froth treatment and recovery

Bitumen content in the sands is usually between 1 and 20 %. Because bitumen content is that low, it is important to keep tight control during the extraction process to maximize bitumen recovery and quality.

Tight control of oil sands extraction and bitumen processing

Vaisala K-PATENTS® Process refractometer is an ideal heavy-duty instrument for oil sands extraction and bitumen processing. The refractometer provides an accurate and continuous measurement of bitumen froth and solvent concentrations at any stage of the process. The measurement is selective to the liquid phase and is not influenced by bubbles, suspended solids, or the color of the mixture.

The precise measurement helps to improve productivity and quality of the bitumen product with lower costs and environmental impact.

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