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Stantec and IHC Robbins selected for front-end engineering on oil sands project

The processing technology is designed to recover bitumen and solvent from froth treatment tailings, preventing hydrocarbons from entering the tailings pond and releasing greenhouse gases into the environment.


Titanium Corp. (Titanium) has awarded Stantec the front-end engineering design (FEED) contract for the first commercial facility implementing Titanium’s Creating Value from Waste (CVW) technology, and IHC Robbins has been awarded the engineering contract for services related to the minerals separation process design portion of the FEED.

The project consists of a new concentrator plant and a new mineral separation plant as well as associated interconnections at an oil sands operation, located north of Fort McMurray, Alberta.

“We are excited to support this unique, important project, providing new solutions for tailings management, and the opportunity for additional economic benefit in the oil sands,” said Dean Robertson, director Oil & Gas, Stantec, in a company release.

CVW technology is designed to recover bitumen and solvent from froth treatment tailings, preventing hydrocarbons from entering the tailings pond and releasing greenhouse gases into the environment.

The technology reduces the environmental impact of oil sands tailings while recovering valuable mineral resources that would otherwise be unrecovered.

Stantec will be working alongside IHC Robbins, industry experts specializing in mineral sands, who will be responsible for process design services for the minerals separation design.

The FEED project is being supported with significant funding by Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA).

Commencing in April 2018, the FEED project is targeted for completion in 2019.