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Fractal Systems completes GHG assessment

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Fractal Systems Inc. has announced that ClimateCHECK, a leading Canadian environmental consulting firm, has completed a wells-to-refinery greenhouse gas (GHG) assessment of the potential GHG emission reductions associated with SAGD dilbit when employing Fractal's Enhanced JetShear technology, one of the technologies under its innovative JetShear technology platform. Based on the findings of the assessment, it is estimated that significant GHG reduction could be achieved by oilsands producers utilising Enhanced JetShear in their operations, which can also improve the sustainability of their projects.

ClimateCHECK determined that Fractal's Enhanced JetShear could potentially reduce GHG emissions from 5.4% to 11%, depending on the transportation mode, by removing 55% of the diluent from the system. The assessment illustrates that in addition to cost savings and increased infrastructure utilisation, employing the Enhanced JetShear could also result in a significant reduction in the GHG emissions associated with the production, processing and transportation of diluent in North America.

Fractal engaged ClimateCHECK to perform the assessment according to the System of Measurement and Reporting for Technologies (SMART) used by Sustainable Technology Development Canada (SDTC). The assessment compared a typical Canadian SAGD-sourced dilbit with a SAGD project that is integrated with Enhanced JetShear to determine the wells-to-refinery GHG impacts.

Canada and other countries are legislating policies to limit GHG emissions and improve efficiencies. New technologies and approaches will be required to manage sustainable growth in the oil sands for the benefit of Canada, North America and the world. Fractal's Enhanced JetShear technology can play a vital role in the continuous improvement in the GHG footprint associated with oilsands development.

Adapted from press release by Rosalie Starling

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