PetroSonic testing confirms heavy oil upgrade to 25 degrees API target

    TSX Venture Exchange Symbol: SNV

    VANCOUVER, Oct. 29 /CNW/ - SONIC Technology Solutions Inc. ("SONIC" or
"the Company") today confirmed that it has completed its test program of a
number of heavy oils and has confirmed that the PetroSonic upgrading process
is able to consistently achieve the target improvements in API. For Canadian
bitumen samples this represents an upgrade from nominally 10 degrees API to
25 degrees API.
    The test program included heavy oils and bitumen from the Canadian
Athabasca and Lloydminster fields, heavy oil from USA refineries, and crude
oil from two international oil producers. The testing was conducted at SONIC's
Sonoprocess(TM) Development Facility in Richmond, British Columbia and at the
PetroSonic Development Facility in Edmonton, Alberta.
    Most of the parameter testing has been done with oil which nominally has
an API gravity of 10 degrees at 15 degreesC. The PetroSonic upgraded oil
quality is typically:

    -   Density - from 23 degrees to 28 degrees API gravity, meeting pipeline
    -   Viscosity - less than 100 cSt at 25 degreesC (greater than 99%
        reduction), meeting pipeline specifications;
    -   Liquid yields - From 85% to 92% by volume depending on the quantity
        and quality of asphaltene by-product required;
    -   Sulphur - reduction by up to 40% by mass;
    -   Heavy Metals - typical reduction of Vanadium up to 80% and Nickel by
        up to 88% by mass.

    A typical actual test and analysis result is summarized below:

    Test Crude           Parameter        Initial Quality   Upgraded Quality
                     API                       10.6               26.3
    Lloydminster     Viscosity (cSt
    (No.080723-V1)    @ 25 degreesC)      17,000               50.7
                     Sulphur (% mass)           4.5                2.8
                     Nickel (mg/kg)            80.0               11.9
                     Vanadium (mg/kg)         169.0               35.4
                     Liquid Yield
                      (% volume)              100.0               89.8

    PetroSonic upgrading allows producers to capture more of the heavy sour
oil (HSO) to medium sour oil (MSO) crude oil price differential. The
cumulative test data affirms the potential competitive advantage of the
PetroSonic upgrader when integrated with various heavy oil production and
processing facilities targeting the following markets:

    -   Field installations for smaller producers who will be able to improve
        the quality of their oil without the use of diluents with minimum
        infrastructure cost and increased net returns;
    -   Regional or integrated upgraders where the PetroSonic upgrader is
        part of an upgrading and energy system providing process steam and
        reducing natural gas usage; and
    -   Larger scale upgraders designed to meet producer and midstream system

    The Company's immediate objective is establishing tolling plants for small
HSO producers offering tangible advantages:

    -   The PetroSonic scalable upgrader technology can be designed to
        maximize oil product revenues or integrated to optimize overall oil
        and energy revenues;
    -   Asphaltene by-product quality can be adjusted depending on the end-
    -   Sonic reactor technology reduces processing costs in a low
        temperature and pressure process; and
    -   PetroSonic field upgrading reduces or eliminates the need for
        diluents for pipeline transport.

    PetroSonic has now generated data for the design and construction of its
first field upgrader installation and work on the preliminary engineering is
ready to proceed. These results have allowed SONIC to advance discussions with
heavy oil producers regarding possible PetroSonic upgrader installations.

    About SONIC and PetroSonic

    PetroSonic is a wholly owned subsidiary of SONIC and the exclusive
licensee of a heavy oil upgrading process utilizing proprietary processes and
sonic reactor technology developed and owned by SONIC. The PetroSonic
upgrading process incorporates de-asphalting and oxidation stages in a low
temperature and pressure process. PetroSonic is marketing its upgrading
process to small oil producers on a tolling fee basis whereby the net benefit
of the upgrading is shared by PetroSonic and the producer. The PetroSonic
upgrading technology will extend to larger projects where PetroSonic
facilitates the incorporation of systems which can provide sustainable
integrated upgrading.

    The TSX Venture Exchange has not reviewed and does not accept
responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. Statements in
this release that are forward-looking statements are subject to various risks
and uncertainties concerning the specific factors disclosed under the heading
"Risk Factors" and elsewhere in the Company's periodic filings with Canadian
securities regulators. Such information contained herein represents
management's best judgment as of the date hereof based on information
currently available. The Company does not assume the obligation to update any
forward-looking statement.

For further information:

For further information: contact SONIC @: Tel: (604) 736-2552,, Email:

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