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Heavy Oil Odour Management Technology and Best Practices


PTAC invites you to respond to the subject RFP by submitting a proposal to PTAC no later than August 30th, 2013

This RFP has been formulated with input from the PTAC facilitated Air Research Planning Committee (ARPC) and is a priority for the Western Canadian upstream oil and gas industry. PTAC believes that a collaborative approach on this project will be of broad benefit to industry and governments.

PTAC is an association that facilitates innovation, collaborative research, and technology development, demonstration and deployment for a responsible Western Canadian upstream hydrocarbon energy industry. PTAC’s objective is to improve the industry’s financial, environmental and safety performance through the application of new technology and research.


An emerging issue in the UOG industry is odours originating from the storage of Heavy Oil. While there are many ways to deal with these odours, an initial step would be a determination of those technologies already in use and the process followed to determine technology selection and its subsequent operation.

PTAC is requesting proposals for a summary of hydrocarbon odour mitigation technologies for heavy oil batteries and recommendations for heavy oil odour best management practices. The report will include, but is not limited to the following:

  • Provide a summary of the compounds likely to be the cause of odour issues from heavy oil storage tanks. For these compounds, provide their odour threshold and any methods that may be used to control odours.
  • A list of commercially available technologies, the target compounds they will control, the expected control efficiency and any specific source characteristics required for installation and use (e.g., flaring, incineration, gas conservation through VRU’s, power generation, physical and biological filtration, etc.). Include an analysis of the pros and cons for each listed technology.
  • For each listed technology, include factors that influence their selection (i.e. cost, GOR, area expansion or development, pipeline or power infrastructure needs, distance to populated areas or receptors, site specific meteorology, terrain considerations)

Include an odour prevention best management practice for facilities with or without odour mitigation technologies. Examples could include but are not limited to fugitive emissions management; thief hatch seal repair frequency; storage tank temperature management, etc.


PTAC, with financial and/or technical support from industry and government, intends to utilize the following process to launch this project.

  1. The competition will close on August 30th, 2013. All proposals must be received by this time.
  2. The PTAC ARPC, comprised of industry and government stakeholders will review and screen proposals utilizing the Alberta Upstream Petroleum Research Fund (AUPRF) process. Applications will be reviewed and a recommendation made to the AUPRF Committee for funding in late Fall 2013.
  3. The successful applicant will be selected and notified by PTAC no later than January 2014 and the funds will be made available immediately.

Project results will be widely publicized to industry, government and academia with facilitation provided by PTAC. PTAC will not screen, evaluate or influence the selection of potential suppliers.

Contact Information
Proposals should be submitted via email to Lorie Frei of PTAC at

PTAC is the neutral facilitator of this RFP and PTAC staff will not screen, evaluate or make decisions on what will proceed. Technical questions should be emailed to PTAC.

Lorie Mayes
Environmental Research Coordinator and Web Site
(403) 218-7707
Tannis Such
Director, Environmental Research Initiatives

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