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Heavy Oil And Tar Sand Research At UTT

 
 
 
 
 
HEAVY OIL AND TAR SAND RESEARCH AT UTT
by Dr. James Speight
INVESTIGATION OF THE HEAVY OIL RESERVOIRS AND TAR SAND DEPOSITS OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
 
ISSUE: RESOURCES ARE NOT WELL DEFINED AND KNOWN WITH ANY DEGREE OF ACCURACY
 
GOAL: TO DETERMINE AND RECOMMEND THE MOST APPROPRIATE METHODS FOR RECOVERY AND REFINING TO USABLE PRODUCTS
 
 
 
 
Current Post-Graduate Degree Projects
 
  • Bioremediation of a Fuel Sample
  • Geochemical Assessment of the Tar Sand Resources of Trinidad and Tobago
  • Determination of the Active Components of the Pitch Lake Bitumen and the Formulation of Asphalt Products
  • Characteristics of the Gas Based Economy and the Best Uses of Natural Gas in a Developing Country
  • Techno-Economic Evaluation of Trinidad's Tar Sand Deposits
 
 
Other R&D Areas
 
Asphalt Lake Project
Delineation of the Asphalt Lake deposit and investigation of the properties of the asphalt material to provide a better understanding of the high quality of this material.
 
Oil Spill Cleanup with Microbes
The use of microbes to clean up oil spills.
 
Microbial Enhanced Oil Recovery
The use of microbes to stimulate oil recovery.
 
Gas to Liquids
Investigate the conditions under which natural gas can be converted to a variety of liquid fuels.
 
Evaluation of Enhanced Oil Recovery Methods for Trinidad and Tobago Reservoirs and Deposits
Identify experimentally the most appropriate method(s) for recovery of heavy oil and tar sand bitumen.
 
Tar Sands Mining
An investigation of tar sand mining, separation methods and upgrading will be useful for the conditions in Trinidad and Tobago.
 
Offshore Oil and Gas
Investigation of the deep sea oil and gas reservoirs off the coasts of Trinidad and Tobago.
 
Catalyst Studies
Determine the catalyst structure most suitable for heavy oil conversion.
 
Biofuels
The potential for the use of the indigenous crops of Trinidad and Tobago to produce alcohol and hydrocarbon fuels.