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This reminds me of one of my favorite stories of a major oil producer up in Northern Alberta. When we arrived on site, it was incredible. We walked into the plant superintendent’s office and on a big whiteboard behind his desk highlighted in red, and circled probably a half dozen times, was emergency dump pond pumps. We knew this was a major problem for him and this was a tough, tough service. These pumps are seeing tons of fines, bitumen. Even big pieces of rubber are running right through these pumps. This is tough and this producer was having really no success with their current pump setup. They didn’t believe that there was a solution out there that could help them. This was also an important service for them. If these pumps failed and these ponds filled up, this could potentially shut down operations. If they didn’t have a place where they could dump in an emergency, they can no longer run their plants. So, this was a real headache for this company.
Luckily, we had a solution, and this solution didn’t just stop with the emergency dump ponds. We were implementing this solution in mature fine tailings as well. This technology works and the customer was willing to give it a try.
Today you’ll find that same technology that helped this major oil producer in all types of tailings risk mitigation. It doesn’t stop at emergency dump ponds. It really is being used in mature fine tailings now and even some of our major hydro producers are using it in dam risk mitigation. It really is spectacular technology.
For this producer we far exceeded their highest stretch goals. They only took the pumps out of service because they couldn’t believe that they were getting so much life out of these pumps. Remember they were pulling these pumps out every 50 to 100 run hours. They only pulled our pumps out after 4000 hours because they couldn’t believe we were still pumping. Run hours increased by over 40X, turning a nightmare tailings application into a dream for this major oil producer.”
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