What is Kearl Lake crude?

Kearl Lake is a joint operation between Imperial Oil and ExxonMobil that produces heavy, high sulphur bitumen about 70 km North of Fort McMurray. The bitumen is mined by shovel and truck and then undergoes onsite paraffinic froth treatment. The bitumen is then diluted and shipped to market.

Enbridge Pooled Crude Quality Specification

Pooled crudes at Superior are subject to quality specifications set by Enbridge. Test methods employed, typical results, testing frequency, and mitigation/penalty details can be found from the most recent document available here. Contact Enbridge Pipelines directly for additional information regarding pooled crude quality requirements.

Light Ends Summary

Property (vol%)Most Recent Sample6 Month Average1 Year Average5 Year Average
C3- 0.02 0.02 0.02 0.02
Butanes 0.88 0.95 0.96 0.91
Pentanes 11.13 11.13 11.45 10.85
Hexanes 6.06 5.95 6.03 5.92
Heptanes 2.65 2.64 2.69 2.77
Octanes 1.24 1.18 1.18 1.18
Nonanes 0.46 0.68 0.59 0.54
Decanes 0.18 0.36 0.29 0.27

BTEX

Property (vol%)Most Recent Sample6 Month Average1 Year Average5 Year Average
Benzene 0.20 0.20 0.18 0.19
Toluene 0.22 0.21 0.17 0.21
Ethyl Benzene 0.03 0.02 0.02 0.02
Xylenes 0.12 0.13 0.09 0.11

Distillation

TBP ASTM D2892 & D5236
HTSD ASTM D7169

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Most Recent Sample Comments:
KDB-665, Feb 17, 2017

Last 6 Samples

Kearl Lake was consistent with historical data in all aspects. Typical simulated distillation results are included.

Basic Analysis

PropertyMost Recent Sample6 Month Average1 Year Average5 Year Average
Density (kg/m3) 920.2 925.8 924.6 925.7
Gravity (oAPI) 22.1 21.2 21.4 21.2
Sulphur (wt%) 3.87 3.94 3.94 3.89
MCR (wt%) 8.80 8.83 8.78 8.63
Sediment (ppmw) 35 51 48 72
TAN (mgKOH/g) 1.95 2.01 2.05 1.88
Salt (ptb) 3.6 3.6 3.6 3.9
Nickel (mg/L) 49.1 47.6 48.0 47.7
Vanadium (mg/L) 130.0 128.6 130.0 126.6
1 Reference temperatures can be found here

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