Oil Sands

SNF, the largest manufacturer of polyacrylamide polymers has been committed to delivering cost effective, high performance products and systems to the Canadian Oil Sands since 2002.

SNF is dedicated to delivering class-leading chemistries for non-conventional crude production in the Canadian Oil Sands.
We understand the critical issues facing today’s tailings management. SNF has provided consultation and servicing throughout the CAPEX and OPEX stages of tailings management including:

  • Development of mechanical, operational, and chemical management strategies to help maximize efficiencies from the ground up
  • Implementation of solutions to enhance productivity and maximize your environmental sustainability


Being the world leader in water soluble polymers SNF experts help operators solve problems unique to oil sands. Our water and process expertise is inherently beneficial, due to the continuous treatment required for the reuse and recycle of water needed for separation.


Tailings Management

Tailings are made up of natural materials including water, fine silts, left-over bitumen, salts and soluble organic compounds. They also include solvents that are added to bitumen during the separation process

  • Bitumen is derived from the oilsands deposits by open-pit mining and water based extraction techniques.
  • Recovered bitumen is upgraded into marketable low-sulphur synthetic crude oil (SCO).


SNF Oil Sands Product Information

SNF understands the distinct challenges Oil Sands operators are bound to face. Primary and secondary extraction require increasingly efficient separations, and SNF’s impressive portfolio of

  • Flocculants
  • Coagulants
  • Dispersants
  • Defoamers
  • De-emulsifiers


Enable operators to increase efficiency while controlling their cost.  

SNF products include :

  • Primary Extraction
    • Flotation improvement
    • Tailings management
  • Secondary Extraction
    • Demulsifiers
    • Polymers and dispersants
    • Defoamers

Look to SNF for effective and efficient solutions :  

  • To provide you with the opportunity to mitigate technical risk by testing process technologies at the pilot scale.
  • To offer a safe, flexible and cost-effective venue to demonstrate and optimize production aspects.
  • To give operators evaluating new technologies a venue for commercial viability prior to capital investment.
  • To offer a safe, flexible and cost-effective venue to demonstrate and optimize production aspects.