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About Us | Timeline

The 1970’s

UMATAC Industrial Processes was formed and the first ATP Pilot Plant was constructed.

First ATP Plant Construction 1977
First ATP Plant Construction 1977

ATP Control Room 1979
ATP Control Room 1979

The 1980’s

The main focus of the decade was oil sand pilot plant testing and developing commercial plant concepts and cost estimates. Test work began on Australian oil shale in the later part of the 1980’s.

1982 - Inside ATP
Inside the preheat zone of the pilot
ATP during oil sands testing 1982

The 1990’s

A 60 barrel per day Alberta Taciuk Process Pilot Plant (ATP60) was built, oil sand pilot studies continued, and a portable 10 ton per hour commercial hazardous waste cleanup plant was constructed and operated. Treatability testing of oil sands and oil shales from various locations around the world were examined. The first major scale up of the ATP occurred in the later part of the decade in Australia (Stuart Stage I Demonstration Facility).

The 2000’s

The Stuart Stage I Demonstration Facility operations were ongoing until the mid part of the decade. USA, Jordanian, Estonian, and Chinese oil shale pilot testing studies using the ATP60 were carried out. Commerical plant design and construction of an ATP Plant in north east China.

In 2005, the Stuart demonstration project successfully completed it’s objectives of proving the ATP Technology, ATP Processor scale up, and commercial Hydrotreating of shale oil naphtha.

ATP Construction in China Completed 2010
ATP Construction in China Completed 2010


Construction of the first commercial ATP Plant in China was completed.