What is Borealis Heavy Blend crude?

Borealis Heavy Blend (BHB) is a Suncor Energy Canada diluted bitumen (dilbit) comprised of SAGD produced bitumen and hydrotreated naphtha/conventional diluent.


It is shipped from Fort McMurray to Edmonton and Hardisty, then to further markets across North America.

Light Ends Summary

Property (vol%)Most Recent Sample6 Month Average1 Year Average5 Year Average
C3- 0.00 0.01 0.02 0.01
Butanes 1.79 1.41 1.31 1.24
Pentanes 4.26 6.23 8.61 7.03
Hexanes 4.84 5.08 5.76 5.60
Heptanes 4.28 3.68 3.56 3.87
Octanes 5.17 3.77 3.04 3.80
Nonanes 4.01 2.80 2.13 2.77
Decanes 1.84 1.35 1.01 1.37

BTEX

Property (vol%)Most Recent Sample6 Month Average1 Year Average5 Year Average
Benzene 0.06 0.10 0.12 0.12
Toluene 0.25 0.24 0.20 0.24
Ethyl Benzene 0.13 0.09 0.07 0.09
Xylenes 0.49 0.37 0.26 0.36

Distillation

TBP ASTM D2892 & D5236
HTSD ASTM D7169

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Most Recent Sample Comments:
BHB-049, Feb 3, 2017

Last 6 Samples

Slightly reduced MCR and metals as well as elevated TAN and butanes were observed in the February sample of Borealis Heavy Blend.

Basic Analysis

PropertyMost Recent Sample6 Month Average1 Year Average5 Year Average
Density (kg/m3) 922.2 925.9 922.6 923.6
Gravity (oAPI) 21.8 21.2 21.8 21.6
Sulphur (wt%) 3.68 3.79 3.81 3.78
MCR (wt%) 8.90 9.31 9.70 9.88
Sediment (ppmw) - 192 217 187
TAN (mgKOH/g) 2.59 2.56 2.48 2.36
Salt (ptb) - 6.5 6.1 6.5
Nickel (mg/L) 54.8 57.6 59.3 61.1
Vanadium (mg/L) 143.0 152.4 159.3 162.2
1 Reference temperatures can be found here

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