Sunshine Oilsands Ltd. Selects GE to Design and Supply Produced Water
Evaporator Systems for West Ells SAGD Project
GE's Patented Evaporative Technology Will Help Sunshine Conserve Water
and Reduce Operational Costs
ALBERTA, May 30, 2013 /CNW/ - Sunshine Oilsands Ltd. has selected GE's
(NYSE: GE) produced water evaporation technology for its West Ells
project in Ft. McMurray, Alberta, Canada. The steam-assisted gravity
drainage (SAGD) project will initially produce 10,000 barrels per day
(bpd) of bitumen—5,000 bpd for each of the first two phases—and by
using GE's produced water evaporation process, will recycle 98 percent of the wastewater produced by the heavy oil
production technique. Sunshine expects its West Ells site to eventually
produce greater than 100,000 bpd of bitumen.
Sunshine continues a trend of oil producers choosing GE's patented evaporative technology to treat and recycle SAGD produced water, enabling them to minimize
makeup water consumption and comply with the Alberta Energy Resources
Conservation Board regulations and directives pertaining to water use.
The GE evaporator systems at West Ells will treat de-oiled produced
water, boiler and heat recovery steam generator blowdown and brackish
makeup water to produce a high-quality distillate suitable for use as
feedwater for conventional drum boilers.
Under the contracts for Phases 1 and 2, GE is supplying its
fourth-generation, fully modularized evaporator systems to achieve the
lowest total installed costs. These advanced, module designs
incorporate years of experience and optimizations resulting from
numerous modularized evaporator projects designed and supplied by GE to
clients in the Canadian Oil Sands. Sunshine currently is installing the
Phase 1 evaporator system with the first steam milestone scheduled for
mid-2013. The Phase 2 system is expected to be delivered in December
The Canadian Oil Sands have emerged as a critical resource in the world
oil market producing 1.6 million barrels per day (MMbpd) of heavy oil
or bitumen in 2011. This is up 13 percent from 2010 and the growth is
forecast to continue reaching 3.3 MMbpd by 2020 and 5.4 MMbpd in 2045,
according to the Canadian Energy Research Institute.
"As projects in Alberta's oil sands continue to grow, so does the
potential for production activities to produce large quantities of
wastewater," said Yuvbir Singh, general manager, engineered
systems—water and process technologies for GE Power & Water.
"Developers of oil sands resources are increasingly turning to GE's
evaporative and zero-liquid discharge technologies to address this
About Sunshine Oilsands Ltd.
Sunshine Oilsands Ltd. (the "corporation" or "Sunshine") is a
Calgary-based public company, listed on the SEHK since March 1, 2012,
and the Toronto Stock Exchange since November 16, 2012. Sunshine is
focused on the development of its significant holdings of oil sands
leases in the Athabasca oil sands region. The corporation owns 100
percent of approximately 1.1 million acres of oil sands leases. The
corporation is currently focused on executing milestone undertakings in
the West Ells project area, where first steam is scheduled for the
third quarter of 2013. West Ells has an initial production target rate
of 5,000 barrels per day, which will be followed immediately by an
approved expansion to a planned production capacity of 10,000 barrels
per day in early 2014. In addition to West Ells activities, Sunshine is
progressing regulatory approvals for two additional 10,000 barrels per
day projects, one in Thickwood and one in Legend.
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