How does oil sands extraction work?

Currently, 20% of oil sands reserves are accessible via mining techniques. Large shovels scoop the oil sand into trucks which then move it to crushers where the large clumps of earth are processed. Once the oil sand is crushed, hot water is added so it can be pumped to the extraction plant.

What is oil sands extraction?

Mining refers to the oil sands extraction process whereby large amounts of earth are removed, mixed with water and transported by pipeline to a plant, where the bitumen is separated.

What are the two methods for extracting oil from oil sands?

Oil recovery in the oil sands uses two main methods: mining or in situ, depending on how deep the oil sands deposits are. Surface mining is used when oil sands deposits lie within 70 meters (200 feet) of the earth’s surface. Twenty per cent of oil sands reserves are close enough to the surface to be mined.

How do oil sands produce energy?

Tar sands consist of heavy crude oil mixed with sand, clay and bitumen. Extraction entails burning natural gas to generate enough heat and steam to melt the oil out of the sand. As many as five barrels of water are needed to produce a single barrel of oil.

What are the disadvantages of oil sands?


  • Enormous GHG emissions.
  • Relatively low net energy return compared to other sources.
  • Large amounts of water required: roughly 3:1.
  • Water pollution.
  • Destructive to major boreal forest.
  • Widespread habitat destruction, both on land and water.
  • Requires expensive and risky pipelines.

Why are oil sands bad?

And it is bad. In fact, oil from tar sands is one of the most destructive, carbon-intensive and toxic fuels on the planet. Producing it releases three times as much greenhouse gas pollution as conventional crude oil does. And Canadian oil companies are now bringing their dirty business into the United States.

What is the main replacement for oil?

The main alternatives to oil and gas energy include nuclear power, solar power, ethanol, and wind power.

What are 2 positives of developing the oil sands?

The Pros of Tar Sands

  • It provides a localized economic benefit.
  • It is a secure source of energy.
  • Environmental changes can be repaired.
  • Recipients of tar sands experience economic benefits.
  • Land preservation efforts can occur simultaneously with tar sands operations.
  • It fits into existing systems.

What are the positive effects of oil sands?

Very large supply. Second largest oil field in the world.

  • Economically recoverable at today’s oil prices.
  • Will help keep oil prices relatively low.
  • Enormous growth potential.
  • Big economic driver in Alberta.
  • Stable source country (a rarity for oil)
  • GHG emissions could potentially be minimized through CCS.
  • Which country has the best quality of oil?

    Venezuela is the country with the most crude oil reserves in the world: 303.81 billion barrels. The best-quality crude oil is found in Malaysia.

    How dirty are oil sands?

    Tar sands extraction emits up to three times more global warming pollution than does producing the same quantity of conventional crude. It also depletes and pollutes freshwater resources and creates giant ponds of toxic waste. Refining the sticky black substance produces piles of petroleum coke, a hazardous by-product.

    How is coffee oil extracted from spent coffee?

    In this study, the miscella (the solution of coffee oil dissolved in the solvent) from up to six successive extractions was investigated to determine the optimal oil extraction process. The repeated miscella from each successive extraction showed high efficiency and stability of coffee oil yield similar to that obtained using fresh hexane.

    What kind of solvent is used to extract caffeine?

    After Vacuum Filtration, Liquid-Liquid extraction is used to separate caffeine in organic layer. Solvent used for solid liquid extraction is sodium carbonate whereas solvent used for liquid-liquid extraction is Dichloromethane (CH2Cl2) (Note- Dichloromethane can irritate your skin so do not handle Dichloromethane bare handedly).

    How is crude oil extracted from the oil sands?

    Extraction of the bitumen from the oil sands, where the solids and water are removed. Upgrading of the heavy bitumen to a lighter, intermediate crude oil product. Refining of the crude oil into final products such as gasoline, lubricants and diluents.

    How much coffee oil is in spent coffee grounds?

    Organic residues from brewed coffee—the so-called spent coffee grounds (SCG)—have an oil content of approximately 10–15 percent by weight (wt%), depending on the coffee variety ( Jenkins et al., 2014) and have a promising feedstock amount for the production of biodiesel ( Caetano et al., 2012, Al-Hamamre et al., 2012, Vardon et al., 2013 ).