Emulsion fuel options still viable for heavy oil

09/22/2008
Venezuela was until recently the only source of a unique fuel option that bypassed the traditional yet capital intensive two-step conversion of bitumen-extra heavy crudes(B-EHC) to synthetic crude oil (syncrude) and then to refinery products.Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) and its subsidiary Bitumenes Orinoco (Bitor) had shown that it was possible to tap Venezuela’s enormous reserves of bitumen in the Orinoco Belt quickly via the production of its proprietary fuel Orimulsion—a 70% bitumen and 30% water emulsion with a surfactant exported as a boiler fuel for power generation.In 2003 major supply contracts had been approved and signed for power plants in Asia and Central America...
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