Production site heavy-oil upgrader shows promise

Pilot tests of a new heavy oil-upgrading technology show promise either for production site or refinery installation, according to its developer Carbon Resources Ltd., a subsidiary of Synergy Technologies Corp., both of Calgary.Carbon Resources has acquired and tested the upgrading technology that converts heavy petroleum fractions to more-valuable, higher API-gravity oils.It says the process, called CPJ after its inventor, Pierre Jorgensen, can be applied to field upgrading of bitumen, heavy oils, atmospheric tower bottoms, and vacuum tower bottoms. Developed in France, Carbon Resources says the French patent has been granted and US and appropriate international patents are pending.It ha...

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