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Welcome to Shale Tech International
Unlocking the Potential of Oil Shale

Shale Tech International (STI) is an independent technology developer with facilities based in Rifle, Colorado. The company was founded in 2006 and owns rights to the original Paraho® Technology. STI is focused on advancing and licensing the original Paraho® Technology and recent advancements to the technology incorporated in the Paraho II™ Technology.

STI operates a pilot retort facility near Rifle, Colorado.

Paraho II™ Retorting Technology

The original Paraho® Technology was developed by some of the world’s largest integrated oil, mining and engineering companies with support from the U.S. Federal Government at a cost of over $200 million. The result was a proven technology that produced over 100,000 barrels of high quality transportation fuels tested and certified by the U.S. Navy. Recent advancements to the original technology have led to the Paraho II™ Technology.

Key Benefits Include:

  • HIGH AVAILABILITY
  • HIGH OIL YIELDS
  • ENERGY EFFICIENT
  • SAFE TO OPERATE
  • ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE

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Process Overview

The Paraho® Technology consists of a proprietary surface retort design that lies at the heart of a multi-step process designed to recover liquid and gaseous hydrocarbons from oil shale rock. The process has been successfully demonstrated on a wide range of oil shale types and has produced well over 100,000 barrels of high quality, low-sulfur, petroleum feed stock.

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