THE BitCrude™ PROCESS

Transporting Bitumen in its Natural State

 
 
 
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The Traditional Process

Bitumen is traditionally mixed with a liquid called diluent to create a product called diluted bitumen (dilbit).

Once dilbit reaches the refineries, the diluent is extracted from the dilbit. Only the bitumen (65% of a barrel of dilbit) is used by the refineries and turned into valuable products, such as asphalt and low-sulphur diesel.

 
 
 
 

The BitCrude™ Process

 
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The BitCrude™ Process:
Transporting Bitumen in its Natural State

The BitCrude™ Process is an innovative way to safely move 100% bitumen to local and international markets in its natural state, as a solid.   

 
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Step 1
Creating a Safe Bitumen
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Step 1 of the BitCrude™ process is to remove diluent from dilbit, creating a product, BitCrude™, that is safe and non-toxic to marine life.  

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Step 2
Moving it Safely & Efficiently
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Step 2 of the BitCrude™ process is to safely transport the final product in custom containers as a solid anywhere in the world, using existing rail and vessel infrastructure.

 
 

Our partner, Melius Energy, uses the BitCrude™ Process to produce, transport, and market a solid bitumen product called True Crude™. For more information about Melius Energy, please visit www.meliusenergy.com.

 
 
 

How Does BitCrude™ Work?

 
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How BitCrude™ Works

Bitcrude is a proprietary process that uses a first-of-its-kind electric DRU (diluent recovery unit) to create a solid form of crude oil that is safe for transport. The process removes all additives, including diluent, from diluted bitumen, leaving a 100% pure crude that is non-toxic and non-dangerous to transport.

 
STEP 1

In Canada, diluted bitumen (dilbit) is pumped into the BitCrude™ Diluent Recovery Unit (DRU).

STEP 2

Within the DRU, diluent is extracted from the dilbit. The diluent is recovered and sold back to the market for re-use in Canada.

STEP 3

The final product is a proprietary undiluted bitumen, a solid, that is safe for the environment and for transport. When heated, the solid, undiluted bitumen is poured into custom containers.

STEP 4

The undiluted bitumen cools and solidifies. It is now safe for transport.

STEP 5

The containers are transported using existing infrastructure (rail and vessel) to local and overseas markets.

STEP 6

At the final destination, the solid bitumen is heated and converted back into a liquid. It is now ready to be refined.

STEP 7

Bitumen is turned into valuable products such as asphalt, low sulphur diesel, and other everyday consumer goods.

STEP 8

The custom shipping containers are returned to Canada for re-use.

 

The BitCrude™ Diluent Recovery Unit

The BitCrude™ Diluent Recovery Unit (DRU) is the world’ first electrical diluent recovery unit, and is designed to be safe, eco-efficient, and economical. With its smart and modern design, the BitCrude™ DRU efficiently removes diluent from dilbit, and produces a solid bitumen for transport. 

 
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1. Electrical

Using our proprietary technology, the BitCrude™ DRU is the world’s first and only DRU that is powered by electricity, rather than fossil fuel combustion.

 
 
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2. ModulaR

The BitCrude™ DRU units are designed as smaller, individual units, that can independently process dilbit into solid, undiluted bitumen. The modular design allows for improved efficiency and reduced downtime for maintenance.

 
 
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3. Scalable

Because the BitCrude™ DRU is modular, we can start small and easily increase capacity as needed.

 
 
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4. Stackable

BitCrude™ DRU units are stackable, meaning reduced land requirements for our facilities.

 
 
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5. No Additives or Chemicals

The Bitcrude™ process does not use additives or chemicals, which creates a safer facility and reduces environmental impact.

 
 
 
 
 

Safety Advantages of BitCrude™

 
 
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Safety Advantages

BitCrude™ solid bitumen is the first crude oil that is safe for marine-life and is designated a non-dangerous good for transport.  It is non-toxic and floats in both sea and fresh water.  Also, because the final product is a solid, it does not disperse in water and can be easily recovered in the case of an accident. 

  • SOLID

    STATE OF MATTER

  • NON-DANGEROUS GOOD

    CLASSIFICATION

  • NON-FLAMMABLE

    FLAMMABILITY

  • FLOATS IN WATER

    BOUYANCY

  • SOLID MASS, EASY TO RECOVER

    CLEAN UP

  • NON-TOXIC TO MARINE LIFE

    TOXICITY

 
 
 

BitCrude™ in the News

 
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Oil-sands crude sails from B.C., sidestepping federal ban

A Canadian law barring oil tankers from the northern coast of British Columbia hasn’t stopped crude from setting sail there.

Two Calgary-based companies, Melius Energy and BitCrude, are exploiting a loophole in the law passed this summer -- by shipping semi-solid bitumen mined from oil sands on a cargo ship rather than in liquid form on an oil tanker. About 130 barrels of bitumen left Prince Rupert, B.C., on Saturday bound for a refinery in China, according to Cal Broder, founder of both companies and chairman of BFH Corp. He declined to name the cargo’s buyer.

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Melius Energy Ships Bitumen to International Markets From the Port of Prince Rupert

News release: Successful shipment proves the viability of the BitCrude transportation solution that exceeds Canadian regulatory requirements.

Calgary, Alberta, September 25, 2019 – Calgary based Melius Energy has successfully transported bitumen from Edmonton, Alberta to Prince Rupert, British Columbia, continuing to global markets in custom 20-foot shipping containers utilizing intermodal rail and vessel infrastructure. The shipment is the company’s first BitCrude™ transportation process demonstration, proving the ability to move bitumen safely and efficiently, in adherence to Canada’s regulatory framework.    

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Global News - Danielle Smith Podcast

Transporting undiluted bitumen to Global Markets

Guest Andy Popko, Director of Bitcrude and Cal Broder, Chairman and Founder of Bitcrude

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BitCrude™ – Melius Energy Partnership Creates a New Alternative for Market Access

News release: BitCrude™ process makes it possible to transport undiluted bitumen to global markets

Calgary, Alberta, September 23, 2019 – Calgary based BitCrude and Melius Energy have partnered to use the BitCrude transportation solution to safely and economically transport undiluted bitumen to Global Markets.

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BNN Bloomberg

Power Shift: BitCrude a way to ship crude in semi-solid blobs

Cal Broder, chairman of BFH Corp., discusses his invention that could make crude transport safer and oil spills easier to clean up.

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Alberta Oil - The Business of Energy

His Invention Could Save the Oil Sands. But Will Anyone Give It a Chance?

With the fruits of his proprietary technology in hand, entrepreneur Cal Broder believes he may hold the cure to the oil sands’ market-access blues

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Calgary Herald - Danielle Smith Opinion

Smith: Bitcrude may be a game-changer in pipeline impasse

To this point, everyone — including me — has been saying that new pipelines are the only real solution to get out of this mess. Now it appears there may be another way.

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Global News - Danielle Smith Podcast

BitCrude – Solid Bitumen

Guests Andy Popko, Director of Bitcrude and Cal Broder, founder and chairman of Bitcrude

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