At USD Group, we don’t just talk about breaking new ground and challenging the status quo. We roll up our sleeves and bring innovation to life.
The Diluent Recovery Unit (DRU) at our Hardisty terminal in Alberta is the latest example of how our legacy of pioneering leads to dramatic change for the industry and our partners. By enabling us to deliver DRUbitTM, which contains 95% pure bitumen, and recycle the diluent, we can deliver on a promise of greater safety, sustainability, and improved netback to our customers.
Patented by USDG, DRUbitTM is a non-hazardous, non-flammable commodity that improves safety and enables more direct transportation routes to refineries. By extracting the light diluent componenet from dilbit (70% bitumen) that is added to facilitate pipeline transportation, the resulting DRUbitTM is a heavier product (95% bitumen) with increased bitumen concentration that can be shipped by rail.
Diluted bitumen flows to Hardistry, where the diluent is removed and sent back to the production site for re-use. The refinery receives a product that is 95% pure bitumen.
Diluted bitumen flows to Hardistry and then heads to the refinery. The product that arrives has a ratio of 70% bitumen to 30% diluent.
VERY SIMPLY, WE BELIEVE THE PROJECT BENEFITS WESTERN CANADAʼS ENERGY ECOSYSTEM IN A NUMBER OF WAYS, INCLUDING REDUCING CONDENSATE, LOWERING RAIL COSTS, AND VALIDATING ANOTHER FLEXIBLE MARKET OUTLET.
THE DRU PROCESS IS AN INNOVATIVE SOLUTION THAT HELPS ADDRESS A CRITICAL CHALLENGE TO CANADAʼS OIL PRODUCERS – CONSTRAINED MARKET ACCESS – TO THE BENEFIT OF ALL CANADIANS.
THIS IS A VALUABLE PRODUCT WHICH EFFECTIVELY HAS A NEARLY LIMITLESS DEMAND FOR USE THE OIL SANDS.
FROM AN INNOVATION, SUSTAINABILITY, AND SAFETY PERSPECTIVE, THIS IS A GAME CHANGER.