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Bitumount Plant

Bitumount Plant, 1947-8In 1944 an agreement was made between the Provincial Government and Oil Sands Ltd. for the building of a bituminous sand separation plant at Bitumount on the Athabaska River. This agreement assigned no specific responsibilities to the Research Council of Alberta; but it has been understood that those of the Council's staff who are engaged on bituminous sand investigations would keep in close touch with the engineers of Oil Sands Ltd. and would actively assist in carrying the project through. This assistance has been given and has determined, to a great extent, the work done in the laboratory during the year.

Design of the plant has been the main task in regard to the Oils Sands Ltd. project. The flow sheet of the hot water separation unit is based on the scheme of separation devised by the Research Council of Alberta. The task of producing drawings for the plant to be erected is an Oils Sands Ltd. responsibility. 

Alberta Research Council. [1945] Annual Report. With permission from the Alberta Research Council.

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