Automation solutions for oil sands operations

Helping to achieve operational readiness

ANDRITZ helps oil sand operations around the world bridge the gap between concept and production to help them achieve operational readiness – quickly, safely, reliably, and ahead of the curve.


Open pit mining operation in Peru 


The control system in a modern industrial facility touches every piece of equipment and instrument in the plant, similar to the way the nervous system touches every muscle and receptor in the body. Nothing will be conveyed, ground, classified, pumped, or dried until the plant’s “nervous system” is operationally ready. In short, the control of the plant can mean the difference between profit and loss.

That’s why ANDRITZ has an engineering group that focuses on the design of the electrical, controls, and instrumentation systems. These disciplines typically account for a small portion of the total project budget - but their importance to the operation of a plant is paramount.

We structure our scope of supply to fit commercial needs, from engineering to engineering and equipment supply, to engineering, procurement, and construction. Whatever your situation, ANDRITZ has the people, the patents, and the proven tools to ensure that a plant is operationally ready.


ANDRITZ technician at a SAG mill plant in British Columbia, Canada


ANDRITZ’s dynamic simulator, IDEAS, helps oil sands operations reduce risk and realize cost savings. Our proprietary simulation tool, IDEAS, is the leading dynamic simulator for oil sands operations in the Canadian north. In fact, IDEAS played an important, pioneering role in assisting the developers of the oil sands industry. We have worked with such leaders as Syncrude and Shell to produce a dedicated suite of oil sands simulation tools. By using IDEAS, these operations have realized hundreds of thousands of dollars in savings.

ANDRITZ offers the following simulation solutions for oil sands operations:

  • IDEAS oil sands surface plant
  • IDEAS oil sands SAGD plant
  • IDEAs OLI engine
  • IDEAS VMG engine

Advanced process control

Our patented, PID-replacement controller BrainWave is revolutionizing control at industrial operations around the globe. ANDRITZ has helped producers large and small remove bottlenecks, reduce energy and chemical consumption, produce higher quality products more consistently, and lower production costs.

Our experience means we understand customers’ requirements and can provide the solutions – quickly and efficiently. ANDRITZ delivers its services and products right on site, whether it is a processing facility in the middle of an urban industrial complex or the oil sands in the northern tundra.

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