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American Sands Energy acquires pilot plant for water-free extraction process

SALT LAKE CITY -- American Sands Energy Corp., an oil sands exploration and development company operating in Utah, has completed the purchase of its pilot plant, used to demonstrate its water-free extraction of bitumen, or heavy oil, from leased oil sands deposits the firm intends to mine. The agreement with Elemax, Inc., included a combination of cash and stock to purchase the trailer-mounted mobile oil recovery system.

The pilot plant, which the company has successfully used to process up to 1 ton of oil sand per hour over multiple days, will be used by American Sands to evaluate other opportunities for hydrocarbon recovery projects, while the company moves toward initial production at its Sunnyside location.

Will Gibbs, chairman and CEO, said that the pilot plant “uses no water, consumes 60% less energy than traditional oil sands mining operations, requires no tailing ponds and produces no toxic byproducts.”

Gibbs added that, going forward, "In addition to the pilot plant being the engineering model for our initial planned 5,000 bpd plant in Utah, we also plan to work with industry partners around the world that can utilize our scalable technology to extract oil from solid materials such as oil sands, oil shale and other substances."



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