Title: TRB Special Report 311: Effects of Diluted Bitumen on Crude Oil Transmission Pipelines Author: National Academy of Sciences. Publisher: National Academy of Sciences. Date: 2013 Full Report Here Summary: The committee does not find any causes of pipeline failure unique to the transportation of dilutedbitumen. Furthermore, the committee does not
Bitumen, a heavier form of petroleum, is too thick to flow in a pipeline at ground temperature, so it needs to be thinned with a very light petroleum product called diluent. The resulting homogeneous mixture is referred to as “diluted bitumen” or dilbit.