Oil Sands and Oil Shale Analysis

As varying quantities of bitumen or kerogen reflect light differently, Near Infrared (NIR) spectroscopy can be used to monitor these percentages in real time to increase shale grade monitoring, performance monitoring and operational efficiencies. ASD instruments allow for portable or over-the-belt monitoring of bitumen or kerogen percentages as well as clay speciation and moisture. Some values that can be determined by ASD spectrometers include:

  • Kerogen/Bitumen percentages
  • Moisture/FMA
  • Clay percentages
  • Clay speciation: distinguishes smectites from other species of clays

ASD analyzers offer several key advantages for mineral processing over the modern production line:

  • Real-time sample analysis
  • Non-contact, non-destructive analysis
  • Real-time feedback that moves at the pace of the production line
  • Continuous feedforward or feedback data
  • Easy integration with any site’s information and control systems
  • Energy efficient and environmentally friendly

Contact us to learn more about oil shale and oil sands analysis.


QualitySpec 7000

For continuous measurement of solids, powders and blended materials over conveyance systems and material process flows.

TerraSpec 4 Standard-Res Mineral Analyzer

Increase efficiency and optimize metal yield with high-throughput mineralogical analysis, and enjoy even greater data quality with the TerraSpec 4 Standard-Res mining analyzer.

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