JetShear Technology Platform

Using JetShear heavy oil producers can meet pipeline viscosity requirements using significantly less diluent.

Learn More About the JetShear Process


Heavy oil blend is delivered from the production facility or terminal. The initial processing step separates the light ends using simple fractionation. Light ends are routed around the plant to be recycled back to the production facility or to become part of the final sales blend. The stripped heavy oil is sent to the core JetShear module, heated to just below thermal cracking temperatures and pumped through proprietary jet-nozzles where cavitation and mechanical shearing occurs. The upgraded product is then cooled and sent to the sales tank or to blending prior to sales.

  • Reduce diluent by 40-50% in Canada
  • Product and process patents in place
  • Technology development agreement with major oil sands producer
  • Successful commercial field demonstration
  • 15-18% more bitumen in pipeline

Enhanced JetShear

Higher severity treating conditions within the core JetShear module results in a higher viscosity reduction and diluent avoidance. Enhanced JetShear adds a processing step to remove olefins with the naphtha cut. The naphtha cut is processed in a low pressure catalytic hydrogen polishing unit before being cooled and then blended with the final product. Higher diluent displacement is achieved when olefins content no longer limits the aggressiveness of the JetShear treatment conditions.

  • Reduce diluent in Canada by 50-60%
  • Improve product value through upgrading
  • Eliminate olefins
  • Commercial field demonstration in 2016
  • Patent application filed
  • 20-25% more bitumen in pipelines


The ARP process consists of a simple configuration of pre-fractionation and a soaker drum with a heater. Acids, primarily concentrated in the heavier cuts, are thermally destroyed at temperatures below the onset of cracking thereby reducing the Total Acid Number or TAN. In combination with Enhanced JetShear’s hydro-polishing step any olefins generated with ARP can be addressed.

  • Reduce TAN by ~ 80%

    ( i.e. < 1.0 mgKOH/g)

  • Commercial field demonstration in 2016
  • Patent application filed

JetShear is Scalable

Modules range in size from 1,000 to 50,000 barrels of oil per day. With a small footprint and low capital intensity, JetShear facilities can be cost effectively deployed adjacent to heavy oil field production or terminals.

1,000 barrel a day configuration

Applying JetShear

Fractal’s JetShear technology is applied in the field or terminal where heavy oil or bitumen is blended with diluent for transportation via pipeline or rail. JetShear can dramatically reduce the amount of diluent that is otherwise required to transport the heavy oil to market.

Tests run in Fractal’s laboratory in Sherbrooke, Quebec and validated in commercial scale field pilot facilities indicate that JetShear can reduce the diluent required for meeting a pipeline’s viscosity specifications. Laboratory tests indicate up to 60% of diluent can be eliminated for a typical Canadian bitumen (i.e. 6.5 - 8.0 API)

These results provide operators with the confidence that they have the ability to materially reduce costs and environmental

impact associated with transporting the heavy oil to market while at the same time having a negligible impact on volumetric yield.

In addition, the stable JetShear products have other quality improvements including reduced density, sulfur, TAN and olefins content below pipeline specification. Tariff costs and environmental impacts are reduced due to reduced volumes being handled.