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Penske - Martin Flashpoint Tester

Physically determine the flashpoint of any substance

Used in the Lloydminster Refinery

Flashpoint is the lowest temperature (under closely specified conditions) at which a combustible material will give off sufficient vapour to form a flammable mixture with air in a standardized vessel (such as the one illustrated)

Flash point tests assess the volatilities of various petroleum fractions

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Sartorius Selecta Analytical Balance

Used at the Lloydminster refinery
in the Investigational Laboratory
from 1956 - 1981

The balance has a 100 gram capacity
with a capability of measuring to 0.1 mg

It operates on a 6 volt current

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Christian - Beckers Balance

Used at the Lloydminster Refinery
in the Investigational Laboratory
from 1955 - 1989
for weighing crude oil, asphalt, salt water, etc. during analytical testing for quality control or preparing reagents

The balance has a capacity of 200 grams
and is accurate to 0.0001 grams

It operates on a knife-edge prism


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Steam Driven Pumps

Used at the Lloydminster Refinery
to transfer hot oil products

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Fuel Research Engine

Used to determine the octane levels of finished gasoline

Prior to 1971, the Lloydminster Refinery produced regular leaded (92 octane) and premium leaded (96 octane) gasoline.  With the introduction of non-leaded gasoline, Husky Oil determined it was no longer economical to manufacture gasoline at the Lloydminster Refinery

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Gas Mask

Used at the Lloydminster Refinery for confined space entry procedures

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Uses the free fall of a weighted needle
into asphalt to measure its hardness.
Penetration is measured in tenths of
a millimetre with higher readings
indicating softer asphalt.

Mobile Fire Extinquisher

This Foamite Unit was used at the Lloydminster Refinery prior to 1972.
Each canister contains a chemical and when the two mix together they create a foam which floats on the surface of oil.


Also on display at the Barr Colony Heritage and Cultural Centre, in Lloydminster

16 page, colour booklet, Husky Oil: Corporate Profile, undated, circa 1990

Wall Calendar with picture of Dina Field and Refinery; includes Lloydminster Oilfield Technical Society objectives, list of 1993-94 members, and an advertisement for the Lloydminster Heavy Oil show - Sept. 14 & 15 [no year]

Three Balance Scales
Harvard Trip Balance; capacity 2 kilos. Size: approx. 40 cm x 20 cm x 20 cm high
Analytical Balance, 100 gram capacity, used at Husky Refinery from 1956 to 1981. made in Germany. Size: approx. 40 cm x 10 cm x 40 cm high
Analytical Balance. 200 gram capacity, accurate to 0.0001 grams, used to weigh asphalt, crude oil, fuel oil, salt water, and storm water during analytical testing for quality, and for preparing reagents. Size: 45 cm x 15 cm x 40 cm high

Two Reciprocating Steam Pumps used in Husky Refinery for many years. They were driven by steam and used to transfer hot oil products. Size: the largest approx. 2 m x 80 cm x 80 cm high; the second is about 15% smaller

Octane Engine made in 1935 by Waukesha Motor Company of Waukesha, Wisconsin and cost $15,000. Brought to Husky's Lloydminster Refinery from their operations at Fort William (now Thunder Bay) in 1963 and used until 1971 to determine octane levels of finished gasoline. In 1971, Husky discontinued gasoline production at the Lloydminster Refinery. Prior to 1971, tetraethyl lead was used to raise octane levels to about 96 for premium and 92 for regular. The change to low lead and no lead gasoline made production of gasoline no longer viable as lead was essential to raising the octane level of the local gasoline distillate. At the same time, the Catformer, used to produce hydrogen for se-sulpherization, and the diesel units that powered it, were also shut down. Size: main machine is approx. 2 m x 2 m x 2.5 m tall with an adjoining tank about the size of a large home water tank

Brochure for Canadian Kodiak Refineries Ltd.

Aerial Photograph, Husky Lloydminster Refinery in winter

Huskyfiner, [located on exterior grounds of BCHCC], process vessels installed originally in 1963, which upgrade oil and distillates and was an integral part of the asphalt processing operation which at capacity produced 1,900 cubic meters per day of asphalt and other oil products. Two towers with exterior scaffold, valves, etc.; Size: base: 10 m x 4 m, towers: one 10 m high, one 30 m high