Re: [OPE-L] Oil Sands

From: Jerry Levy (Gerald_A_Levy@MSN.COM)
Date: Tue Jan 24 2006 - 09:44:45 EST

>  From my reading of literature on the oil sands during the 1975 oil
> crisis my recollection was that the high costs came from  the work
> that had to be done to extract the oil from the sands, and the greater
> degree of refining needed. As I understand it, oil sands or shales
> need to be baked in a process analogous to the reforming of coal
> into oil. It is this baking that is costly.
> It also means that a significant part of the energy in the oil sands
> has to be expended in the processing itself. Another cost comes
> from the relatively lower hydrogen content of the oil and possibly
> its high sulphur content. This makes it less suitable for the
> light oils need for cars, but it remains suitable for heavy fuel oil.

Hi Paul C,

Haven't there been any technological breakthroughs in the
extraction of the oil from the sands and the refining process since
the mid-1970s?

In solidarity, Jerry

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