shale is a fine-grained, sedimentary rock that yields oil rapidly when
heated to about 500°C by a reaction known as pyrolysis. Raw shale oil
can be used directly as fuel oil or upgraded to more valuable
transportation fuels with additional processing. Interest in oil shale
has waxed and waned over the decades with the price of oil.
Unfortunately, lessons learned and know how are often lost during
periods of relatively cheap conventional oil.
retains significant expertise in the oil shale processing and oil
refining sectors with direct experience in the design, commissioning
and operation of oil shale facilities utilising a range of processing
technologies. We stay up-to-date with oil shale developments in
countries such as the USA, Estonia, China, Jordan and Australia.
PROCOM team has experience with most current oil shale retorting
technologies including ATP, Galoter, Paraho and Chinese vertical
retorts. Our engineers also have a wealth of experience in determining
the level of oil upgrading required to meet market demands. We are able
to provide valuable technical information on oil quality and
Due to the
various uncertainties in the oil shale retorting technologies, one
important way to better understand the processes is by using advanced
process modelling tools. PROCOM is experienced with creating
computer-based models to evaluate the technology, and assisting in
technology scale up. Our engineers possess unique know-how for
characterising oil shale properties and reactions for modelling oil
Field Support Services
managers led the development of the Stuart Oil Shale Project from pilot
plant studies to commissioning and operations. The 6,000 tpd
demonstration plant in Gladstone produced in excess of 1.5 million
barrels of oil, including 8,000,00 barrels of ultra-low sulphur naphtha
which was sold to Australian refiners.
PROCOM personnel have had
over 40 years of collective experience of process development from
laboratory to demonstration plant scale on processes, including solid
heat carrier and vertical retorting technology. Most small scale units
can be made to work, however the difficulty comes in scaling to
commercial size. Our experienced team have been involved in many plants
and have learnt how to shorten the development process by application
of lessons learnt. We are capable of supporting our clients through
conceptual to pilot plant stages, and performing supervisory roles
during construction, commissioning and operations phases.
We welcome you to contact
us to discuss your project requirements.