We have successfully piloted the use of centrifuges to remove the water in fluid fine tails. This technology produces a soft, clay-rich soil that can be used as the landform foundation in oil sands reclamation areas. We are planning to implement this technology in three stages – a commercial-scale demonstration plant beginning operations in 2012, a full-scale commercial plant in 2015, and then an increase in conversion capacity in 2018. Over $1 billion is being invested in this technology alone.
A commercial-scale demonstration of using centrifuges to dewater fluid fine tailings began operations in 2012. A full-scale operation will start up in 2015.