Heavy Oil Battery

LOCATION: Marten Hills, AB
MARKET: Oil Processing and Storage


Additional oil production from the Clearwater formation required our client to increase the processing capacity of an existing heavy oil battery from 8,000 BPD to 15,000 BPD. Due to the future plans to convert the field to waterflood, the upgraded battery equipment needed to be adequate to handle future water volumes. Functionality for crude oil blending with condensate and NGL was required to meet RVP, density, and viscosity specifications in the sales oil pipeline.


CANUSA EPC was contracted to offer Engineering, Procurement and Construction Management (EPCM) services.

Developing a Plan to Meet Client Expectations:

  • Leveraged CANUSA EPC’s previous battery design experience
  • Developed a DBM to manage design expectations
  • Developed a PEP and schedule to efficiently manage execution

Sourced New Equipment:

  • Oil and Water Tanks
  • Electrostatic Heater Treater
  • Glycol Boiler and Cooler
  • Waste Heat Recovery Building
  • LACT Sales Oil Booster Pump
  • Sales Oil Blending Package

Execute Value Engineering to Support the Project Schedule:

  • Identified operational improvements for the upgraded battery
  • Automated tank selection and facility de-sand
  • Rectified deficiencies discovered in the existing battery during construction


  • Increased oil production from 8,000 BPD to 15,000+ BPD
  • Lowered emissions of produced oil
    • Implementation of a VRU to the tank farm
    • Utilizing electrostatic treater to reduce energy and chemical requirements of treating oil
    • Waste heat recovery reducing overall plant fuel gas consumption
  • Operations improvements
    • Automated and optimized crude oil blending to realize higher netbacks