Turboden to design and produce Organic Rankine Cycle system for Canadian oil and gas producer, Strathcona Resources Ltd.
10 January 2024
Turboden S.p.A., a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Group company, is pleased to announce that it has been selected by Strathcona Resources Ltd. (“Strathcona”) to design and produce North America’s largest single-shaft turbine Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) system with a gross nameplate capacity of up to 19 megawatts.
The ORC system, which is planned to be implemented at Strathcona’s Orion thermal oil facility located near Cold Lake, Alberta, Canada, will use waste heat recovery to generate carbon free electricity, offsetting approximately 80% of the facility’s existing grid-power consumption.
“Turboden has successfully implemented more than 400 ORC systems all over the world and across many diverse industries,” says Paolo Bertuzzi, CEO, Turboden. “We’re excited to showcase the substantial operational and environmental benefits of our technology at this scale and in this environment.”
Implementing ORC technology at steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) operations, like Orion, will allow Strathcona to capture previously lost low-grade thermal heat at approximately 150°C and convert it to emissions free electricity that can be used to help self-power operations and reduce need to draw from the local power grid. Low-grade thermal heat from the Orion facility was previously released through aerial coolers.
“We see tremendous value in implementing Turboden’s ORC system at our Orion facility,” shares Rob Morgan, President & CEO of Strathcona Resources. “The technology will convert a waste energy stream from our SAGD operation into usable electricity, lowering power supply costs and reducing the carbon footprint of our operation - demonstrating once again how technology can be applied to improve both the economic and environmental performance of our industry.”
Strathcona’s ORC implementation is slated for completion in the first half of 2025. The project will be constructed within the facility’s existing operational footprint and is estimated to result in approximately 740,000 tonnes of GHG emissions reductions over the project lifetime, the equivalent of taking approximately 226,000 cars off the road.