Creating Value from Oil Sands Tailings
CVW™ has developed a technology that has the potential to change the environmental performance of the oil sands industry and create a new industry.
This innovated technology resides in the ability to efficiently recover hydrocarbons from froth treatment tailings (FTT) leaving them cleaner than current froth treatment processes and resulting in significant fugitive methane emissions avoidances from tailings ponds and allowing the effective recovery of critical minerals leading to the creation of a new minerals industry.
CVW CleanTech technology will recover heavy minerals, primarily titanium minerals and zircon sand and a significant portion of the bitumen and naphtha from the tailings stream (the “Oil Sands Project”). This technology will also reduce fugitive methane emissions from tailings ponds — by recovering the naphtha in the froth treatment tailings, fugitive emissions, due to methanogenic fermentation in tailings ponds.
CVW™ Process at a Glance
The Company’s CVW™ technology intercepts oil sands froth treatment tailings and recovers lost bitumen and solvents. Valuable minerals and reduces greenhouse gases, VOC emissions and other environmental impacts
The Concentrator Plant (CP) will recover hydrocarbons and water while concentrating the heavy minerals from this tailing stream.
MINERAL SEPARATION PLANT
Heavy mineral concentrate will be separated out in the Mineral Separation Plant into final mineral products, zircon sand concentrate and high-grade TiO2 ilmenite, using differences in these minerals’ high specific gravity and responses to magnetic and electrostatic fields.
The Company has invested over $100 million to develop CVW™ technology and conducted several successful pilots and test programs; IP is protected by 21 patents and various trade secrets.Learn More
Reducing Environmental Impact
CVW™ Technology can help operators in the oil sands meet their Net Zero goals while recovering millions of dollars of lost commodities each year and reducing GHG emissions by up to 3 million tonnes per year.ABOUT SUSTAINABILITY
CVW CleanTech is focusing its technical, engineering and financial resources on the commercialization of its Oil Sands Project for the following reasons:
- Canadian oil sands are a key contributor to Canada’s and Alberta’s GDP with long reserve lives
- Recovery of valuable commodities including bitumen, naphtha, zircon and titanium currently lost to tailings ponds
- Creation of a new value-added industry in Alberta producing critical minerals
- Environmental benefits including significantly reduces mining oil sands site wide emissions by 5-10%
Watch a short video that explains how CVW’s patented technology recovers valuable commodities lost to tailings while helping reduce emissions