Oil sands

Fuelling growth in unconventional energy

At Ausenco, we understand the importance of ensuring the future sustainability of our energy resources and reducing our global footprint.

We have the knowledge and ability to provide specialist process engineering services including detailed EPCM services to the growing oil sands energy market. 

Through our acquisition of Reaction Consulting, we have consolidated our knowledge and expertise in oil sands, offering our clients ingenious solutions and a wide range of services and capabilities in oil sands.

Our project experience is concentrated in the areas of SAGD bitumen production, oil sands upgrading, midstream operations and CO2 capture. 

We also provide process services and support to three key business areas:

Existing assets

We work closely with operations, maintenance, and process staff on site in plant troubleshooting, closing of heat and material balances, development of optimisation and de-bottlenecking projects, development of plant monitoring systems, preparation of scoping studies and DBMs for expansion projects, development of process design basis for issuing to EPC companies and more. 

Business development

We support owners’ business development groups by providing technical input for new business opportunities such as setting up and running economic models, developing process flow diagrams, heat and material balances, high-level capital and operating costs, identifying operating risks and supporting contract negotiations.

New technologies 

We evaluate new technologies for owner companies and investors, including working with licensors that have proven and unproven technologies. Our rigorous analysis of technologies allows us to provide valuable feedback on areas of risk and how to modify designs to improve operability and reliability.