The flowability of heavy oil and bitumen is a fundamental challenge facing the oil and gas industry. In places like the northern United States and Canada, where production tends to be highly-viscous, production, transportation, and storage can be significantly more expensive.
For example, bitumen, which comes from oil sands, can be nearly solid at room temperature. In order to allow bitumen to flow, it must be heated or diluted, typically with other lighter oils or oil derivatives. This is an expensive process and requires additional steps further down the supply chain when the bitumen must be stripped of these adulterants. LiquiGlide would eliminate the need to dilute or heat the bitumen in order to transport it through a pipeline, saving the industry billions.