Introducing New oil Technologies for a Safer Environment
GAT℠ is dedicated to bringing new oil technologies to the market to allow a natural, safe, and greener environment so our children can enjoy the same standard of living, resources, and beauty we have for generations.
GAT℠, along with its partners, is in the unique position of providing numerous services.
Enhanced oil recovery for downhole and oil sands
Process to stop emulsions
Clean up oil spills on land and water (cleaned to ppm)
Emergency response and training for pipeline and oil spills
Cleaning of contaminated water and soils (cleaned to ppm)
Cleaning of production water (cleaned to ppm)
Cleaning of drills cuttings (cleaned to ppm)
Cleaning of tanks
Desulfurization (reduces sulfur to new regulatory limits)
Liquid Catalyst - LC℠
LCSM is a new Liquid Catalyst℠ formulated and enhanced with proprietary technology to give it new characteristics. No valuable resources are used, such as water, no pollution is created, and only minimal heat of 140F is used to recover the LC℠.
LC℠ creates a temporary bond with the hydrocarbon/oil that is so strong that the oil releases from any form or media, including water, and temporarily changes the oil viscosity to that of diesel for easy flow. The LC℠ bond makes the oil heavier than water, so it drops below water. This bond stays strong and in place until a set point when minimal heat is applied. At that point, the temporary bond is released, the LC℠ catalyst is recaptured for reuse, the hydrocarbon/oil is separated back to its original state, ready for processing, and any water is separated from the oil. Numerous test reports state that LC℠ removes and cleans soils and water of hydrocarbons to ppm.
Benefits of LC℠
LC℠ cleans to ppm with no heat or pressure
Does not waste natural resources
Lower CAPEX and OPEX costs
Recycles for reuse
Long shelf life without breaking down
Non-caustic and not affected by Salinity
Fuel or oil is salvaged and cleaned for reuse
Info on LC℠
LCSM is a new Liquid Catalyst SM that is formulated and enhanced with proprietary technology to give it new characteristics
Lower OPEX and CAPEX cost
Does Not create environmental pollution or natural waste resources such as water
Recovered for reuse
Uses a simple closed wash system that can be located near the production well sites (Saving cost)
Separates and salvages the oil from water, leaving only a few ppm in the water or almost non-detectable levels. Immediate soil reclamation
Creates a temporary molecular bond with the hydrocarbon that is quickly released with a few degrees of temperature increase
Many times stronger than any surface tension bond
Separates the oil immediately from water or other formations
Causes the oil to release from any surface, including sand, soil, rock, and water
Keeps oil from re-attaching to any surface
Only a few ppm or non-detectable levels are left
Immediate soil reclamation
Quickly breaks water emulsions
Makes heavy oil viscosity that of diesel for ease of movement and will not re-attach until the LCSM /oil bond is released
The oil is ready for processing, the water or soil is cleaned to ppm and ready to be returned to the environment, and the LC℠ is recaptured for re-use.
LC℠ extracts more hydrocarbons than other technologies, as proven at the University of Regina in Canada.
Example of LC℠'s Effectiveness
LC℠ encapsulates and recovers bitumen from any medium even shingles to ppm.
The LC℠ bond is so strong it immediately encapsulates the bitumen and separates and cleans the various components of a shingle by soaking it in LC℠ for a few minutes. Each part of the shingle is cleaned to ppm, as shown in the picture. No heat or pressure was used.
LC℠ separates the hydrocarbon from the contaminated medium, whether water, soil, or sand, and with our specialized equipment developed for LC℠, we speed the process while increasing its effectiveness. LC℠ does not create pollution and has a lower CAPEX and OPEX cost than traditional technologies.
Emulsions or the mix of water and oil is a big problem in the oil industry. LC℠ technology stops emulsions by quickly separating the oil from the water. The LC℠ Separation Technology encapsulates the oil, separating it from the water while making the oil heavier so it can soon be removed from the water. LC℠ can encapsulate even the tiny parts of oil left, so the water is cleaned to ppm. The oil is recovered for processing, the water is cleaned, and the LC℠ is recaptured for reuse. This oil/water LC℠ separation process is essential in recovering oil from the downhole.
Cleaning Production Water
The production water, a natural part of the pay zone is usually re-injected into the same zones as the oil well. However, there are minute parts of oil in this water which is lost and can, in some sand formation, create pollution. The LC℠ Separation technology can capture the minute parts of oil in the production water and salvage it for processing and prevent pollution.
Water Separation stops emulsions
GATSM's water separation technology uses proprietary equipment and LC℠ to separate the oil from the water. Once encapsulated, the oil/LC℠ is easily removed or drained off, leaving the water cleaned of oil. The oil/LC℠ is heavier than water and will not be attached to any formation until the bond is broken. The oil is salvaged for processing, the LC℠ is recaptured for reuse, and the water is cleaned of oil/hydrocarbons. A similar process to cleaning oil spills on water and tailing ponds.
Contaminated Soil Cleaning and oil spills
Cleaning contaminated soil is similar to the recovery of oil from oil sands. (See the Oil Sands page) The contaminated soil is placed into the LC℠ Wash system. Once LC℠ touches the contaminated soil, the oil and LC℠ create a temporary bond that releases oil from any formation, including water. The oil is released from a specific form, such as soil or water. When the LC℠ is bonded with the oil, the oil is heavier than the water, so the oil drops to the bottom of the tank. The water flows off the top, and the oil/LC℠ is pumped from the bottom of the tank. The oil/LC℠ has the viscosity of diesel for easy flow until a set point where minimal heat is applied the temporary bond between the oil/LC℠ is released. The oil is ready for processing, the LC℠ is ready for reuse, and the contaminated soils are clean to ppm levels of oil. Ready for immediate remediation, and the oil is salvaged.
Cleaning tailing ponds
The contaminated water is pumped into the proprietary LC℠ Separation System, where the LC℠ is mixed with the polluted, contaminated oil-water. The LC℠ creates a temporary bond with any hydrocarbon, so it immediately separates the oil from the water and other contaminants or formations. Since the LC℠ makes the hydrocarbon heavier than water, the water is easily pumped off and free of oil. The oil & LC℠ is pumped off, and at a set location, the LC℠ & oil is pumped into An LC℠ reclaiming tank. Minimal heat is applied to release the LC℠ from the oil. The oil is salvaged and ready for processing, the LC℠ is ready for reuse, and the water is cleaned of any hydrocarbons.
The LC℠ is sprayed on the oil that is floating on the water. The LC℠ encapsulates the hydrocarbon creating a temporary bond that is so strong that it releases from any material, including water. The Oil/LC℠ is heavier than water, so the oil/LC℠ drops to the bottom of the water, where it stays together. The oil/LC℠ is pumped to a tanker where it can be transferred to the land where the oil/LC℠ bond can be released or released with minimal temperature increase on the tanker. The water is easily separated from the oil/LC℠, and the oil/LC℠ is heated a few degrees to release the oil/LC℠ bond. The LC℠ is recaptured to be used again, the oil is ready for processing, and the water is free of hydrocarbons.
Another water oil spill process would be to skim the oil from the top of the water. The oil with some water is loaded onto a tanker, where the LC℠ is mixed with the oil/water. The LC℠ creates a temporary bond with the oil, which is so strong the oil is released from any structure, including water. The water is pumped off, and the oil/LC℠ is pumped to another tank where minimal heat is applied to release the bond. The LC℠ is recaptured for reuse, and the oil is salvaged and ready for processing.
The oil that reaches the shoreline would be scraped off and placed in the LC℠ Modular Wash System, the same system for recovering oil from oil. (See Oil page) this system cleans the soil, salvages the oil, cleans any water, and the LC℠ is recaptured for reuse.
Oil spills on land would be treated like the recovery of oil from oil. The contaminated soil would be scraped and put into the LC℠ modular wash System. (See Oil page)The contaminated soil would be washed, separating the oil from the soil and salvaged for processing, and the LC℠ would be recaptured for reuse in the system.
GAT℠ also has an emergency response and training for pipelines.
Drill cuttings and Production water
Drill cuttings cleaned to ppm while salvaging the oil
LC℠ has similar operations of cleaning contaminated soils and waters to quickly clean drill cuttings and produce water from wells to ppm, allowing easy disposal without damaging the environment.
GAT℠ technologies are the most efficient and cost-effective technologies. They are also environmentally friendly.
Enhanced Oil Recovery Using Environmentally Friendly LC℠
Global Advanced Technologies’ LC℠ is a proprietary liquid catalyst℠ used to extract or separate oil from formations or water without creating pollution from heat, pressure or water that other methods use.
The proprietary liquid catalyst℠, "LC℠," extracts bitumen from oil sands at room temperature, requires less capital infrastructure, less energy per barrel of oil extracted, is environmentally friendly, recyclable, and creates no pollution nor wasted water. Thus LC℠ promotes environmental and regulatory approval faster, minimizing project delays. With LC℠, there is no need to build large retention settling ponds for the tailings, thus preventing leaching into freshwater or surrounding lands. With minimal water requirement for the facility, the LC℠ facility is not a burden to the city, the environment, or the local population because it does not create water shortages.
Oil sands have become one of the most significant oil providers in the USA. "Even if only 30% of this oil could be extracted, it could supply the entire needs of North America for over 100 years. These deposits represent plentiful oil, but not cheap oil. They require advanced technology to extract the oil and transport it to oil refineries". (Wikipedia)
Steam or SAGD (Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage) is the standard technology for recovering heavy oil from Oil sands and is creating tremendous long-term environmental impacts. The recovery of the heavy oil from the oil sands is both monetarily and environmentally costly. GAT℠'s technology is more important than ever because both capital and operating costs with LC℠ are significantly lower than with steam, and more oil is recovered, increasing revenues. In addition, the sands cleaned using LC℠ are ready to be replaced at the mine location.
Global Advanced Technologies ℠'s JV partner discovered a new molecular science that has spent years and millions in Research and Development. This new liquid catalyst ℠ or LC℠ is a proprietary formula that is also enhanced with proprietary technology to give it new molecular characteristics. At the current time, LC℠ is manufactured in only one location for the protection of the technology.
When LC℠ is introduced to hydrocarbons (oil) in either liquid or vapor state, LC℠ creates a temporary molecular bond with the hydrocarbon. The LC℠ /oil bond is so strong that it clings to itself and releases from any other surface, such as formations or even water, and will not re-attach until this bond is released.
LC℠ is such an effective extraction process that only a few ppm or almost non-detectable levels are left. LC℠ also breaks water emulsions which are problems in the oil industry. When LC℠ is bonded with the oil, its viscosity is that of diesel for ease of movement. At a set point with a small temperature increase, the LC℠/oil bond is released, LC℠ is recaptured for reuse, and the oil is ready for processing, the soils are cleaned to ppm and ready to be returned to the environment, and any water is free of oil.
LC℠ does not have the environmental issues created by the present steam recovery methods. Our LC℠ Modular Wash Process can recover the heavy oil at a fraction of the cost and without damaging the environment. The breakeven point for traditional steam methods is $70-80/bbl. (Oil and Gas Journal) When the oil prices are low, GAT℠'s liquid catalyst ℠ is even more critical due to its low equipment and operating costs vs. steam plants that require significant energy, generate pollution, and waste natural resources such as water. Our savings are $15-$20 per barrel of bitumen separated from the sands. Oil companies are looking for innovative technologies to lower costs and lower pollution. LC℠ is a new innovative technology that is needed.
The overhead cost to recover the heavy oil using the standard steam method is very costly because it requires large capital costs for facilities but, more importantly, significant energy costs. The standard steam method uses 1 out of every 3 barrels of oil merely for producing steam. Steam methods currently use substantial water to release the heavy oil from the soils (twice the amount of fresh water that the entire city of Calgary uses in a year). "The extra-heavy crude oil or crude bitumen extracted from oil sands is a very viscous or semi-solid form of oil that does not easily flow at normal temperatures, making it difficult to transport to market by pipeline. Flow-through oil pipelines must either be upgraded to lighter synthetic crude oil (SCO), blended with diluents like naphtha from debit, or heated to reduce its viscosity". (Wikipedia) LC℠ does not have those issues. Additionally, LC℠ reduces the viscosity to that of diesel for easy movement until, at a set point, it is recaptured for reuse.
Global Advanced Technologies SM' LC℠ is a revolutionary new liquid catalyst SM for extraction processes that do NOT require large facilities nor significant energy or water to separate the bitumen or heavy oil from the oil sands. Another important feature of LC℠ is that it breaks water emulsions to solve problems of existing polluted leaching ponds from steam processes. Unlike present oil sand recovery technologies that use steam, LC℠ simply washes the heavy oil from the soils with no added heat or pressure, leaving the soils cleaned of hydrocarbons down to a few ppm. The LC℠ bond to the hydrocarbon is many times stronger than any surface tension holding the bitumen to the sands and causes the oil to release from any surface, including soil, sands, or water, and keeps it from re-attaching. Because this bond is so strong only ppm or almost non-detectable levels of hydrocarbons are left in the sands or media. LC℠ even breaks water emulsions, a significant problem in the oil industry.
While attached to our LC℠, the oil's viscosity will be that of diesel for easy movement, and no expensive "upgrading" is needed for transportation. This bond is strong until, at a set point, the LC℠ /oil bond is released, LC℠ is recaptured for reuse, and the oil is ready for processing. The soil is clean enough to be immediately reclaimed and replaced at the mined site, even by the same truck bringing the mined oil sands to the LC℠ facility to secure the bitumen.
NEW Technology – "LC℠" VS Traditional Technology- "Steam"
Environmental Defense released a new report on the Alberta Oil Sands, calling it the most destructive project on Earth.
- Oil sand mining is licensed to use twice the amount of freshwater that the entire city of Calgary uses in a year. 2.5 to 10 million barrels of precious fresh water is used and rendered useless in Alberta, Canada, to produce the bitumen
- At least 90% of the freshwater used in the oil sands ends up in the tailing ponds and is so toxic that propane cannons are used to keep ducks from landing
- Processing the oil sands uses enough natural gas daily to heat 3 million homes
- The toxic tailing ponds are considered one of the largest human-made structures in the world. The ponds span 50 square kilometers and can be seen from space
- Producing a barrel of oil from the oil sands produces three times more greenhouse gas emissions than a barrel of conventional oil
- Roughly 75% of the oil can be recovered from oil sands
GATSM's LCSM Modular Wash Process is an environmentally friendly new technology and process.
- LC℠ does not use water except for a vapor lock in the wash system
- LC℠ uses only minimal energy to run the auger in the wash process and to raise the reclaiming tank heat a few degrees
- LC℠ can clean the tailing ponds
- LC℠ uses minimal energy and does not create any CO2
- LC℠ recovers 99%+ of the oil
LC℠ Wash System
The oil sand is mined and transported to a crusher, which is crushed into smaller chunks. The oil sands are then put into the LC℠ Modular Wash system, and LC℠ replaces steam to remove the heavy bitumen. The LC℠ Wash System is an enclosed system that consists of tanks with augers to move the oil sands through a bath of the LC℠ and then moved to another LC℠ wash unit to extract any remaining oil from the sands or soils. 99.9% of the oil is recovered, leaving the soils cleaned to a few ppm or non-detectable levels. The cleaned soils are then conveyed into another tank heated just a few degrees to remove any remaining LC℠. The LC℠ vapor is vacuumed into a chiller to recapture the LC℠ and then piped back into the LC℠ Wash System for reuse. At this point, the clean sands are clean enough to be put back for immediate reclamation in their original mined location as part of our enhanced oil production system for bitumen. Current reclamation has averaged more than 38 years vs. our method of sending the same mined trucks back with cleaned sands.
The LC℠ encapsulated oil has the viscosity of diesel for effortless flow and is pumped out of the LC℠ Wash System. The LC℠ encapsulated oil easily flows until a set point or location where the LC℠ /oil bond can be released by adding a few degrees of temperature. The LC℠ vapor is vacuumed into a chiller to reclaim the LC℠, and the LC℠ is taken back to the LC℠ Wash System for reuse. The oil is back to its original heavy oil state and ready for processing. There is no need for expensive upgrading to move the oil.
Our facility is much less costly in capital and operating costs than huge steam plants. We create no waste water, no pollution or tailing ponds, and no CO2. Our Modular Wash Systems can be relocated to be near the mining area. LC℠ is not only cost-effective but is safe for our environment and recaptures more oil than present technology by as much as 25%.