Sunshine Oilsands to recycle produced water using GE evaporation technology

The steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) project will initially produce 10 000 barrels per day (bpd) of bitumen - 5000 bpd for each of the first two phases - and by using GE’s produced water evaporation process, will recycle 98% of the wastewater produced by the heavy oil production technique.

The GE evaporator systems at West Ells will treat de-oiled produced water, boiler and heat recovery steam generator blowdown and brackish makeup water to produce a distillate suitable for use as feedwater for conventional drum boilers.