Executive Summary

With the closing of the Canadian Oil Sands Network for Research and Development (CONRAD) in early 2013, PTAC was the facilitator of choice to take over the Bitumen Production Fundamentals Research Group (BPFRG). The BPFRG helped develop a fundamental understanding of phase behavior, process chemistry, water-clay interactions, tailings, etc. The BPFRG came to a close at the end of 2014.