Operations and Maint Session: Wear Performance of Oil Sands Slurry Systems

  • Session: Operations and Maintenance
  • Wednesday, September 12, 2018
  • 9:00 am - 9:30 am

Slurry pipelines are a very cost-effective mode of transport for mined ore or solid products.  In the oil sands industry, slurry pipelines are used to transport mined ore through bitumen extraction and tailings to the designated deposit.  Piping material wear results in frequent repair and replacement of system components because the solids tend to be abrasive and are transported in corrosive environments.  This presents major reliability challenges to operating mining facilities.  In the past decade, a significant amount of research work both in controlled and oil sands mining sites have been conducted to understand the wear issues and mitigation strategies.  This presentation will discuss some of the practical findings and lessons learned of these research works and their adoption in oil sands slurry pipelines to lower maintenance costs.