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Bitumen is

extracted.

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CanaPux™ pellets are formed

by blending and coating

bitumen with polymer.

After forming, CanaPux™ pellets are similar in size and shape to a bar

of soap and are ready to be shipped​.

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CanaPux™ pellets are transported by

rail and freighter to their destination

market and​

                  processed to

separate the bitumen
from the polymer.​

The bitumen can then be refined.​

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The polymer can then either be

sold for reuse in that market, or

shipped back to origin to make​

new CanaPux™ pellets to repeat the process.​

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CanaPux™ pellet  processing

facilities operate in close proximity        

                                     to extraction sites and

existing rail infrastructures.

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After CanaPux™ pellets  are processed, conveyors take them from the processing facility to be​

 loaded into open-top gondola cars.​

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Ships arrive at the

destination market and

 

CanaPux™ pellets

are processed to separate the bitumen from the polymer.​

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CanaPux™ pellets are transported by

rail

         to a port terminal where they are transferred from railcars to ocean freighters.

CN puts safety first and is committed to building a sustainable future. CanaPux™ pellets embody our safety values and respect for the environment. They are not volatile, dust-free, do not burn, spontaneously combust or explode while being shipped, and do not pose a risk if involved in a derailment.

 

CanaPux™ pellets are designed to float in water, and they improve spill response as in the event of an incident they would simply need to be picked up. They are designed to prevent the product from leaking in the environment. In addition, CanaPux™ reuses polymers that would typically be landfilled. 

Safety and Environment

CanaPux™ technology is an innovative and safe way to transport extra-heavy crude, also known as bitumen in Canada. The extra-heavy crude is blended with polymer to form a solid pellet that can be transported to global markets using the same infrastructure as coal or petroleum coke. At the end of their journey the pellets can be re-liquified and the polymer can be separated and reused.

 

The CanaPux™ concept was developed by CN in conjunction with InnoTech Alberta.

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Economic Benefits

CanaPux™ pellets have the potential to diversify Canada’s energy markets and contribute to the economic growth of Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Canada; in the form of investment, jobs, taxes and royalties.

 

While this promising transportation solution is not meant to replace pipelines in Canada, it has the potential to contribute to the economic growth of the country.

 

This innovative transportation solution improves market access for producers and allows global end-users to capitalize from the polymer versatility which can be recycled into new CanaPux pellets, reused as a road additive, water proof membranes or textiles.

 

Global off-takers gain important economic benefits by accessing large landlocked Canadian extra-heavy crude reserves. 

The  Process

Transporting CanaPux™ Pellets

Commercialization

CN is working with several industry partners in an effort to commercialize the CanaPux™ technology.  Two ventures have been made public to-date:

 

Advantage Heavy Oil Development Ltd. (AHOD)
 

The Advantage Heavy Oil Development Ltd. (AHOD) is working toward the development of a 100,000 barrels per day CanaPux™ solidification facility in Alberta.  This project could also include a diluent recovery unit (DRU) and a rail loading facility for multiple commodities.  This group is looking at supplying CanaPux™ pellets to Chinese refiners.

 

Wapahki Energy
 

Wapahki Energy is a First Nations midstream company owned 100% by the Heart Lake First Nation.  Working closely with Sproule. They are working toward the development of a 10,000 barrels per day CanaPux™ solidification facility in Northern Alberta.  Future plans include replicating solidification plants at multiple SAGD plants.  Wapahki is also planning to build a large polymer recycling facility and biomass energy plant.  The biomass plant is focused on forest waste wood and fire protection management while also diverting construction and demolition waste from landfills creating economic opportunities and jobs for northern communities.  The group is looking at supplying CanaPux™ pellets for non-combustion purposes in China and to off-takers in Korea.


CN is also working with InnoTech Alberta on a full ‘GHG Lifecycle Emission’ study and a ‘Fate in the Environment’ study to support CanaPux commercialization.

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Bitumen is

extracted.

CanaPux pellet processing facilities operate in close proximity to extraction sites and existing rail infrastructures.​

After CanaPux™ pellets are processed, conveyors take them from the processing facility to be loaded into open-top gondola cars.

The polymer can then either be sold for reuse in that market, or shipped back to origin to make new CanaPux™ pellets to repeat the process.​

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CanaPux™ pellets are transported by rail and freighter to their destination market and processed to separate the bitumen from the polymer. The bitumen can then be refined.​

 

Ships arrive at the destination market and CanaPux™ pellets  are processed to separate the bitumen from the polymer.

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Economic

Benefits

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Transporting

CanaPux

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CanaPux™ pellets are transported by rail to a port terminal where they are transferred from railcars to ocean freighters.

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After  forming, CanaPux pellets  are  similar in size and shape to a bar of soap and  are ready to be shipped.​

CanaPux™ pellets are formed by blending and coating bitumen with polymer. 

CanaPux pellets  are transported by rail to a port terminal ​where they are transferred from railcars to ocean freighters.

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