Grizzly Oil Sands taps Rockwell Automation for Algar Lake project

Source: Rockwell Automation

Independent Canadian oil sands company Grizzly Oil Sands has awarded a more than $4 million order to Rockwell Automation (NYSE:ROK) and its Global Solutions team. Global Solutions will use the company’s PlantPAx process automation system to help Grizzly produce more than 5,000 barrels of oil per day 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 optimize 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. Grizzly has developed a unique facilities model, Advanced Relocatable Modular Standard development, to reduce costs, risks, and environmental footprint associated with in-situ thermal development. “For our unique Grizzly facility model we needed an advanced, integrated process and motor control system that would monitor multiple SAGD sites from one central location, now and as we expand.” 

A shadow control room, built on a virtualized 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. “It includes architecture, software, and power control in one solution, utilizing a major process automation system designed to improve plant-wide optimization and reduce extraction costs. Our experience, oil and gas domain expertise, and global resources will help Grizzly Oil Sands run a profitable and sustainable operation.” 

Endress+Hauser, a global provider of process field instrumentation and plant-asset management solutions, was tapped as a member of Rockwell Automation’s PartnerNetwork™ to provide instrumentation to complement its asset management solution. 

“This combination of systems and products, together with experience and knowledge, will help Grizzly reduce integration costs throughout engineering, commissioning and start-up,” said Gebert. “It’s how our PartnerNetwork adds customer value by helping deliver complete solutions.”

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