Dilbit, heavy crudes are similar, NAS panel told

07/30/2012
Diluted bitumen (dilbit) from Alberta's oil sands is so similar to heavy crude oils, which US pipelines have handled for years, that it is unlikely to pose corrosion problems, experts told a National Academies of Science panel on July 23. "Once processed, dilbit is simply oil," said Peter T. Lidiak, pipelines director at the American Petroleum Institute. "It's made of the same components in any mixture of crudes." Crude from Canada's oil sands has been delivered to US refiners by pipeline since 1968, Lidiak told the committee studying pipeline transport of dilbit at the request of the US Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. Tariff specifications from...
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