In 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.  Annual Report. With permission from the Alberta