Pipe Flow Technology Centre celebrates 60 years of service

The Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC) is celebrating the 60th anniversary of its Pipe Flow Technology Centre in Saskatoon. 

The centre is acknowledged as an international leader in its field and has contributed greatly to the needs and the advancement of the mining and oil and gas industries in Saskatchewan and Canada.

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SRC’s Pipe Flow Technology Centre was established in 1960 and offers mining and other resource developers a unique opportunity to study slurries and test industrial samples and processes in a controlled environment that mimics the client’s actual operating conditions. The data generated from this testwork is then analyzed by the centre’s experts to better understand, and improve, the client’s field operations.

“Over the last 60 years, the SRC Pipe Flow Technology Centre has grown immensely, not only in size, but in reputation,” Minister Responsible for SRC Jeremy Harrison said. “Since its humble beginnings to its current status as an internationally recognized centre, SRC continues to demonstrate that Saskatchewan is the perfect location to advance mining innovation.”

Over the years, the centre has conducted hundreds of slurry pipeline research and development programs and projects. This includes a range of ground-breaking pipeline and fluid mechanics applications and projects for clients on topics such as oil sand mixtures, mineral slurries, and heavy crude oil mixtures. Ultimately, this work has helped resource industries expand the horizons of how and where they operate.

“Pipe Flow was built on a foundation of academic research that matured into client-led industrial technology development,” SRC president and CEO Mike Crabtree said. “SRC’s success has been in combining world-class expertise, a top-notch team and state-of-the-art equipment to deliver the insights and solutions our clients need to build and improve their business. 

“Pipe Flow has been a technology and service leader delivering substantial support to industry for decades and will continue to address the new challenges and opportunities faced by industry in the years ahead.”

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