All subjects
Technology & Suppliers

Turboden to supply North America’s largest single-shaft ORC

Turboden to supply North America’s largest single-shaft ORC
The Strathcona Resources Orion thermal oil facility near Cold Lake, Alberta deploys steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD), a method that is widely used to extract bitumen from underground oil deposits. This method involves introducing steam into the subsurface oil sands deposit to heat the bitumen in the sand, allowing it to flow by gravity to horizontal wells placed at the base of the reservoir (photo courtesy Strathcona Resources).

Italy-headed Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) specialists Turboden S.p.A., a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Group (MHI) company has announced that it has been selected by Canada-based oil and gas company Strathcona Resources Ltd (Strathcona) to design and produce North America’s largest single-shaft turbine ORC system with a gross nameplate capacity of up to 19 MWe.

The ORC system, which is planned to be implemented at Strathcona’s Orion thermal oil facility located near Cold Lake, Alberta (AB), Canada, will use waste heat recovery to generate carbon-free electricity, offsetting approximately 80 percent of the facility’s existing grid-power consumption.

Turboden has successfully implemented more than 400 ORC systems all over the world and across many diverse industries. We’re excited to showcase the substantial operational and environmental benefits of our technology at this scale and in this environment, said Paolo Bertuzzi, CEO of Turboden.

Implementing ORC technology at steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) operations, like Orion, will allow Strathcona to capture previously lost low-grade thermal heat at approximately 150°C and convert it to emissions-free electricity that can be used to help self-power operations and reduce the need to draw from the local power grid.

Low-grade thermal heat from the Orion facility was previously released through aerial coolers.

We see tremendous value in implementing Turboden’s ORC system at our Orion facility. The technology will convert a waste energy stream from our SAGD operation into usable electricity, lowering power supply costs and reducing the carbon footprint of our operation – demonstrating once again how technology can be applied to improve both the economic and environmental performance of our industry, said Rob Morgan, President and CEO of Strathcona Resources.

Strathcona’s ORC implementation, the value of which has not been disclosed, is slated for completion in the first half of 2025.

The project will be constructed within the facility’s existing operational footprint and is estimated to result in approximately 740,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions over the project’s lifetime.

Most read on Bioenergy International

Get the latest news about Bioenergy

Subscribe for free to our newsletter
Sending request
I accept that Bioenergy International stores and handles my information.
Read more about our integritypolicy here