Materials and Reliability in Oil Sands (MARIOS)
In 2009, InnoTech Alberta launched a new industry-directed consortium, Materials and Reliability in Oil Sands (MARIOS), to tackle industry-wide maintenance and reliability issues.
The goal of MARIOS is to develop knowledge and validate technologies to significantly reduce downtime, and improve operational reliability and productivity in the oil sands industry.
The consortium links oil sands producers, materials and equipment suppliers, fabricators, and technology providers to collaboratively solve industry-wide problems.
- Wear Resistant Materials: Design and selection of protective materials, coatings and overlays for use in wear and corrosive environments for mining and extraction applications.
- Welding: Compare existing oil sands end user welding specifications and develop streamlined industry-wide welding practices. Evaluate high-productivity wire-feed welding processes and automation/mechanization technologies for adoption.
- Slurry Pipeline Systems and Pumps: Evaluate the wear performance of materials for slurry transport applications through concurrent trials in field-scale pipelines and the Pilot-Scale Slurry Flow Loop.
- Corrosion in In-Situ Operations: Assess materials performance for thermal recovery processes, including brackish and recycled water environments, stress-corrosion cracking, and integrity management.
- Access to confidential research results and innovative technologies
- Provides a means to significantly leverage R&D investment
- Provides an opportunity to network and learn from the experience of other members
- End users benefit by setting research priorities and providing R&D direction
- Supplier members benefit by directly working with end users, and having the opportunity to implement R&D into the field
“Syncrude spends in the order of $1 billion each year on maintenance, not including the production time that is lost when equipment is out of service. Innovation in materials and reliability can pay double benefits as it can reduce maintenance costs and increase production by keeping equipment working reliably”– Stefano Chiovelli, Syncrude Canada
“The MARIOS consortium has been impactful in driving the development of new technologies and products for our business. The consortium not only provides solid technical content year in and year out, but it also is a platform that enables collaboration and development in our industry” – Daniel Chan, Bradken Canada
MARIOS Members (2018-2019)
- Producers: Canadian Natural Resources Limited, Imperial Oil Resources Limited, Suncor Energy Inc. and Syncrude Canada Ltd.
- Suppliers: Arcelormittal USA LLC, Black Cat Blades Ltd, Bradken Canada Ltd, C. G. Industrial Specialties Ltd, Corrosion & Abrasion (CASL), Fuller Industrial, H.C. Starck Canada Inc, Indurate Alloys, Iracore International Inc, Kennametal Inc, Manluk Mining Inc., Oerlikon Metco (Canada) Inc, Penticton Foundry Ltd, PIP360 Inc, Rosen IPS Canada Ltd, RTD Quality Services Inc, Trimay Pipe Products, Willbros Canada Inc.
- Government: InnoTech Alberta Inc.
“In 2010, McCoy / Inotec estimated that approximately $450,000 and $600,000 in increased sales was directly or indirectly attributable to their involvement in the MARIOS Consortium.” – Jay Spate, McCoy Coatings & Hydraulics
MARIOS is guided by an industrial Program Steering Committee (PSC) comprised of oil sands producers. Materials and equipment suppliers, fabricators, applicators, and engineering firms provide manufacturing and fabrication expertise at the project level. InnoTech Alberta manages the research activities and overall program management.
Gary Fisher is the Director of the MARIOS Consortium. His contact information is provided below.