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Central Processing Facilities & Pilot Plants


Equinox provides expertise, technical solutions and effective execution strategies for thermal in-situ projects. Our experience spans grassroots facilities, upgrades and optimizations, debottlenecking and sustaining capital projects.

Our expertise includes inlet separation and oil treating, diluent recovery, produced water de-oiling, water treatment and softening, wastewater treatment, sludge treating and disposal and steam generation.

We provide innovative solutions for Central Processing Facilities (CPF) including Utilities and Offsites, as well as Field Facilities such as Pads and Flowlines. We also execute infrastructure work related to pipelines, power, water, roads and camp design.

Earthworks design and modeling is another value added specialty for Equinox, which is crucial in Alberta’s challenging northern, muskeg terrain.



Recent Projects


Saleski East CPF - FEED

The Saleski East feasibility study project is for a SAGD production facility to be designed in two 30,000 bpd phases of bitumen production. The facility is to include plant inlet separation, emulsion treating, produced water de-oiling, water treatment, evaporation, boiler feed water (BFW) treatment, steam generation. The facility will include a cogeneration facility. Field facilities include large well pad facilities and flowlines.



TAGD Pilot Plant

This heavy oil pilot plant pioneers a new technology to mobilize and produce bitumen within porous carbonate reservoirs of the Leduc and Grosmont formations in the oilsands region of northern Alberta. The Thermal Assisted Gravity Drainage (TAGD) Pilot includes a 3,000 bpd Central Processing Facility, two wellpads(demo and pilot pad) and flowlines (12″ high temp emulsion, 4″ annulus gas and 3″ fuel gas). TAGD uses an array of downhole electrical resistance heaters contained in coiled tubing which is installed in horizontal wells, heating the reservoir via thermal conduction.



Blackrod SAGD Pilot Plant

Equinox executed both the FEED and the Detailed Design for this 600 bpd, single wellpair SAGD Pilot Plant. The Central Processing Facility (CFP) includes production facilities, produced water de-oiling, source well water and treatment facilities, steam generation, storage tanks, flare system, fuel gas system, glycol system, utilities and support buildings. The produced fluids from the wellpads include bitumen, produced water consisting of steam condensate, formation water and solution gas. Produced water is transported via a pipeline to a disposal well.