FRACTAL SYSTEMS' TECHNOLOGY PATENTS

01

PROCESS FOR TREATING HEAVY OILS

Patent Number: 20080217211
Provisional Application: March 6, 2007
Filing Date: November 13, 2007
PCT Application: January 8, 2008
Published Date: September 11, 2008
National Filings: September 2009: (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Europe, China, Oman)
Provisional Application No: 60/905,171
Application No: US: 11/983,842 Canada: 2,611,251
Patent Number: US 8,105,480
Date of Patent: January 31, 2012

Abstract: A process for treating a heavy oil which comprises subjecting a heavy oil to cavitation to reduce the viscosity of the heavy oil. The treated heavy oil, which has a reduced viscosity and specific gravity, thus is more pumpable and transportable, which facilitates further processing. The treated heavy oil also can be fractionated with less severity than untreated heavy oil.
02

TREATED OILS HAVING REDUCED DENSITIES AND VISCOSITIES

Patent Number: 20080314796
Provisional Application: June 22, 2007
Filing Date: December 6, 2007
PCT Application: January 11, 2008
Published Date: December 25, 2008
Provincial Applications No: 60/936,826
Application No: September 2009: (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Europe, China, Oman)
Provisional Application No: 60/905,171
Application No: US: 11/999,671 Canada: 2,617,985
Patent Number: US 7,943,035
Date of Patent: May 17, 2011

Abstract: A treated oil, such as a treated heavy oil, which has a viscosity which is lower than the viscosity of the oil prior to the treatment thereof (i.e., the initial oil). The temperature at which 80 mass % of the treated oil has boiled is within 25° C of temperature at which 80 mass % of the oil prior to the treatment thereof has boiled. Thus, the treated oil and the oil prior to the treatment thereof, have distillation curves or boiling point curves which are the same as or approximate to each other.
03

HEAVY OILS HAVING REDUCED TOTAL ACID NUMBER AND OLEFIN CONTENT

Patent Number: US 2015/0065766 A1
Provisional Application: August 9, 2013
Filing Date: August 5, 2014
PCT Application: August 8, 2014
Published Date: March 5, 2015
Provincial Applications No: 61/864,118
Application No: US: 14/451,787 Canada: 2,858,705
Patent Number: TBD
Date of Patent: TBD

Abstract: A process for treating a heavy oil by heating a feedstock comprising a heavy oil in order to separate from the heavy oil a first fraction. The first fraction contains no more than 25% of the total number of acid groups of the heavy oil. A second fraction contains at least 75% of the total number of acid groups of the heavy oil. The second fraction then is treated under conditions that provide a heavy oil that has a total acid number, or TAN, that does not exceed 1.0, or is at least 50% lower than the total acid number prior to treatment, an olefin content that does not exceed 1.0 wt %, and a P-value of at least 50% of the P-value of the heavy oil prior to treatment, or a P-value that is at least 1.5.
04

TREATMENT OF HEAVY OILS TO REDUCE OLEFIN CONTENT

Patent Number: US 2015/0060333 A1
Provisional Application: August 12, 2013
Filing Date: August 7, 2014
PCT Application: August 11, 2014
Published Date: March 5 , 2015
Provincial Applications No: 61/864,827
Application No: US: 14/454,001 Canada: 2,858,877
Patent Number: TBD
Date of Patent: TBD

Abstract: A process for treating heavy oil to provide a treated heavy oil having a reduced density and viscosity, as well as an olefin content that does not exceed 1.0 wt %. The process comprises separating the initial heavy oil into a first fraction, which in general contains lower-boiling components, and a second fraction. The second fraction comprises a heavy oil having a P-value of at least 5% greater than the P-value of the initial heavy oil prior to separating the initial heavy oil into the first fraction and the second fraction, and the second fraction has an aromaticity that is no more than 5% less than the aromaticity of the initial heavy oil prior to separating the initial heavy oil into the first fraction and the second fraction. The second fraction then is upgraded to reduce the density and viscosity of the heavy oil. After the second fraction is upgraded, it is recombined with at least a portion of the first fraction to provide a treated heavy oil having an olefin content that does not exceed 1.0 wt %. The separation of the initial heavy oil into first and second fractions enables one to achieve improved reduction of the density and viscosity of the treated heavy oil while maintaining the olefin content at an acceptable level.

Beyond JetShearTM

Future Fractal Technologies

Fractal continues to invest in new ideas and concepts related to the processing and upgrading of heavy-oil and bitumen, by applying simple, proprietary technology to further expand it technology platform and value proposition. This work is focused in the following areas:

  • Enhanced JetShear™ and ARP™ field demonstration in 2016
  • Patent application filed for Enhanced JetShear™
  • Patent application filed for Acid Removal Process (ARP™)
  • Expanding the JetShear™ technology platform to achieve further upgrading and Total Diluent Displacement (TDD™)

The company has a technology development plan with milestones that include new and continuing patent filings. Although the nature of technology development makes predicting the commercialization timeline for innovations very difficult, the company and management team has a proven track record in developing new technologies and intellectual property.

Near-term activities remain focused on the field demonstration of Enhanced JetShear and the Acid Reduction Process and protecting innovations with patents.

Near-term activities remain focused on the field demonstration of Enhanced JetShear and the Acid Reduction Process and protecting innovations with patents.

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