About Us - Development, Incorporation and Pilot Testing

After several years of research and development that included lab research and batch process and testing, Altavilla and Yeggy approached Eduardo Gonzalez, President and owner of Ferragon Corporation, about investing in the technology and bringing his business acumen to the development program. With Gonzalez as President, VARY Petrochem LLC was formally incorporated November 6, 2006 and a patent was filed for the unique CAC-24 chemistry and High Shear Process.

Subsequently, a one barrel per hour pilot facility was commissioned and testing on Utah oil sands began. Approximately 20 runs were made, each typically achieving bitumen recovery of 99+%. The re-circulated chemistry was free of fines and the drained tailings were no longer in emulsion and were dry and stackable.

About Us - A Shift in Strategy

In October, 2008 VARY made a strategic change of direction and initiated testing on oil sands trucked in from the Athabasca region of Alberta, Canada. Bench scale tests utilizing CAC-24 achieved a bitumen recovery of 99+% with less than 0.25% solids and .025% chemistry in the recovered bitumen. The bottom line: Canadian oil sands contained a higher percentage of bitumen and were easier to process due to the water barrier versus the oil barrier between the bitumen and the minerals.