Digital Optimization using Advanced Process Control in an In-Situ Facility

Suncor Energy Inc. Oil Sands

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Fort MacKay, AB

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This project involves the implementation of a digital optimization technology known as Advanced Process Control (APC) at Suncor’s Firebag and MacKay River in situ facilities. The technology combines algorithms with machine learning and data analytics to enhance process control performance. Examples of areas where optimization could be implemented include well-pad steam distribution and steam quality in steam generators. By using this technology, multiple processes can be monitored and controlled leading to enhanced performance than would otherwise be possible with traditional control systems.

  • The technology is expected to reduce and avoid GHG emissions up to 4 per cent on a per barrel basis.
  • The solution could reduce the cost of production per barrel by reducing steam generation cost and increasing production up to 4 per cent.