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CORRECTION – Ammonium sulphate, not nitrate

We stand corrected by a sharp-eyed fan who read the CMJ May issue about the oil sands industry. He is Peter Kabatek...


We stand corrected by a sharp-eyed fan who read the CMJ May issue about the oil sands industry. He is Peter Kabatek, who is now project manager for WorleyParsons Group in Reading, Penn. “Syncrude produces a slurry of ammonium sulphate, not ammonium nitrate. One word makes a big difference. Ammonium nitrate is an explosive, while ammonium sulphate is not. The ammonium sulphate slurry flows over-the-fence to a Marsulex drying and compaction plant that makes granular ammonium sulphate fertilizer that’s sold to Agrium for packaging and distribution. I should know. I was the process engineer that designed the Syncrude and Marsulex facilities over the past decade.”


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