Spartan, in partnership with Emerson Process Management, will team up with Syncrude, Cenovus and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council to fund oilsands process control research at the University of Alberta.
This NSERC Industry Research Chair is aimed at developing solutions that will lead to innovative estimation, control, and optimization technologies and focuses on the systems that control the Oil Sands processes, as they allow for steady and safe process operations, consistent product quality, less waste and better control of emissions.
In a release, Solutions Development Leader at Spartan Controls, Warren Mitchell says “we understand the Oil Sands industry faces many challenges as it continues to work to lower their cost of producing resources in the face of global competition. This collaborative research effort will help the oil sands industry rise to these challenges by finding innovative solutions to some of their most difficult measurement control and optimization problems today.”
Under the five-year commitment, The U of A hopes to see a better positioned Canada to meet future energy needs and assist in lowering operating costs of the industry.
Professor Biao Huang says “Our integrated program will enable collaboration with industry to convert research outcomes into implemented solutions, and train highly qualified personnel with excellent job prospects.”