October 2014, Vol. 241, No. 10

TechNotes

Quantum Vortex Completes 100-Bpd Crude Oil Upgrader

Pennsylvania technology company Quantum Vortex (QVI) has completed construction of its first 100-bpd crude oil upgrader, powered by QVI Hammer Technology™. The company hopes its technology will address an important diluent problem: The diluent necessary to carry heavy crude adds a considerably to the cost of production and consumes significant pipeline capacity. Although common to any place where heavy oil is produced – Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador and Venezuela, for example – the diluent problem is particularly severe in Canada where highly viscous bitumen produced from Alberta tar sands has to be converted to dilbit (a bitumen blend that contains 30-40% o

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