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Grizzly Oil Sands awards $4 Million order to Rockwell Automation

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SAGD technology lowers Canadian oil sands production costs using PlantPAx process automation system.

Calgary, Alberta — Independent oil sands company, Grizzly Oil Sands of Calgary has awarded a $4 million+ order to Rockwell Automation for its PlantPAx process automation system. The company says the system will help Grizzly produce more than 5,000 barrels of oil per day at the first phase of its Algar Lake Project. The solution supports steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD), an enhanced oil-recovery technology for producing heavy crude oil and bitumen.

“SAGD production has recently surpassed all other methods of in-situ oil sands recovery. We continue to look for ways to advance our ideas and optimize our efforts to recover bitumen from the one trillion barrels of oil in the Athabasca Oil Sands deposit,” said Brian Harrison, vice president, Engineering, Grizzly Oil Sands.

Grizzly has developed a unique facilities model, Advanced Relocatable Modular Standard development, to reduce costs, risks and environmental footprint associated with in-situ thermal development. “For our unique Grizzly facility model we needed an advanced, integrated process and motor control system that would monitor multiple SAGD sites from one central location, now and as we expand.”

A shadow control room, built on a virtualized computing environment, will be developed at Grizzly’s Calgary, Alberta headquarters to monitor and control the company’s current and future oil sites across northern Alberta, according to Harrison.


The project also includes project management and engineering services, low- and medium-voltage motor control centers, and a PowerFlex 7000 medium-voltage variable frequency drive.

In addition to Rockwell, Grizzley has also contracted Endress+Hauser to provide instrumentation to complement its asset management solution.


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