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Grizzly Oil Sands awards US$ 4 million+ order to Rockwell Automation

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

Grizzly Oil Sands, independent oil sands company based in Alberta, Canada, has awarded a US$ 4 million plus order to Rockwell Automation and its Global Solutions team.

Global Solutions will use the company’s PlantPAx process automation system to help Grizzly produce more than 5000 bpd of oil at the first phase of its Algar Lake Project. The solution supports steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD), an enhanced oil recovery technology for producing heavy crude oil and bitumen.

“SAGD production has recently surpassed all other methods of in-situ oil sands recovery. We continue to look for ways to advance our ideas and optimise our efforts to recover bitumen from the one trillion barrels of oil in the Athabasca Oil Sands deposit,” said Brian Harrison, vice president engineering, Grizzly Oil Sands.

A shadow control room, built on a virtualised computing environment, will be developed at Grizzly’s Calgary headquarters to monitor and control our current and future oil sites across Northern Alberta, according to Harrison. “This unique, open architecture is an important reason Rockwell Automation won the order,” he said

The project also includes project management and engineering services, low and medium voltage motor control centers, and a PowerFlex 7000 medium voltage variable frequency drive.

“This is a major win for us in the oil sands market, and an important win for our PlantPAx and integrated architecture platform,” said Terry Gebert, vice president and general manager, Rockwell Automation Global Solutions.

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