Bitumen and Tailings Testing
Maxxam’s Petroleum Division has testing labs specialized in bitumen and oil sands lab testing methods in Edmonton, Calgary and Fort McMurray, Alberta. Lab testing services are customized to meet the unique needs of SAGD and mining extraction operations. These petroleum labs are accredited by the Standards Council of Canada for many ASTM and CGSB methods as well as Maxxam proprietary lab testing methods.
Most recently, Maxxam has designed a purpose-built analytical solution to address the significant problems of corrosion, deposits and scale in steam generators. By researching the chemistry of thermally-produced water, we have developed an indepth understanding of migration patterns and the fate of the inorganics and organics in thermal water systems. Our solution provides operators with the scientific data they need to optimize boiler throughput and improve their ROI.
Maxxam has participated as a lab services supplier in the development of the oil sands industry for the past 30 years. Our staff has extensive experience in bitumen extraction and tailings plant and pilot plant testing requirements. We are active participants in ERCB Directive 74 driven R&D initiatives.
Maxxam is a contract operator of a number of customer owned onsite labs which support oil sand processing in the Fort McMurray region. This activity enhances our knowledge and testing experience related to mining, extraction, upgrading and refining.
Following is an abbreviated list of testing related services provided to the oil sands sector:
- Complete Core Testing
- Crude Oil Distillations/Assays
- Bitumen Blend Studies
- Batch Extraction Testing
- Asphaltene, Sulfur and Solids Testing
- Dean Stark Extractions
- Particle Size Distribution
- Oil Sands and Bitumen Testing
- Oil Sands Tailings Characterization
- Scale and Sludge
- Glycol and Amine
- Lab management and Contract lab staff
- Mobile Testing Lab Service