Project Industry: Oil Sands – In-Situ

  • Oil Sands CCUS Pathways to Net Zero

    Pathways Alliance is the unprecedented collaboration among Canada’s six largest oil sands producers working collaboratively with Canadian and Alberta governments on an ambitious plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from oil sands operations by about 22 million tonnes per year by 2030, and to ultimately achieve its goal of net-zero emissions from operations by 2050. […]

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  • Feasibility and FEED for Post-Combustion Flue Gas Carbon Capture at Strathcona Resources Ltd Cold Lake Region SAGD Facilities: Lindbergh, Orion, and Tucker 

    Strathcona Resources Ltd. (SRL) is pursuing development of a distributed Carbon Capture and Sequestration hub in the Cold Lake region to enable collection and permanent disposal of emissions from its three flagship thermal operations – Tucker, Orion, and Lindbergh. Combined, these three facilities produce approximately 62,000 bbls per day of bitumen using steam-assisted gravity drainage […]

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  • Surmont Steam-Additives Pilot

    One of ConocoPhillips Canada’s (CPC) active technology programs involved working jointly with InnoTech Alberta as part of the Steam Additives Industry Research Program (STEADi) to identify commercially available chemical additives to steam. These additives, specifically surfactants, have the potential to improve the performance of SAGD operations by increasing oil drainage rates while reducing energy losses. […]

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  • Linear Restoration Equipment Modernization and Deployment

    Legacy oil and gas exploration sites commonly exhibit arrested succession and require restoration treatment to return to forest cover (Caners and Liefffers 2014; Iqbal et al. 2014, others). Linear restoration (or linear deactivation) is a topic of focused investigation with the objective of alleviating successional stagnation, restoring habitat and lessening forest fragmentation. Tree removal and […]

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  • Digital Optimization using Advanced Process Control in an In-Situ Facility

    This project involves the implementation of a digital optimization technology known as Advanced Process Control (APC) at Suncor’s Firebag and MacKay River in situ facilities. The technology combines algorithms with machine learning and data analytics to enhance process control performance. Examples of areas where optimization could be implemented include well-pad steam distribution and steam quality […]

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  • Field Pilot of Multilateral Well Technology to Reduce GHG Intensity of SAGD

    This project will use innovative drilling and completion methods and thermal junction technology in existing Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) vertical wellbores to increase production from a single surface location. Thermal junction technology enables the drilling of multiple lateral sections without the need for additional above ground capital. The technology should lower costs for infill […]

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  • Multi-Pad Pilot of a Solvent-Aided Process

    Solvent use is one of the key technologies Cenovus is working on to improve the efficiency of its in-situ oil sands recovery and reduce its environmental impact, especially in the area of GHG emissions. Solvent-aided process, or SAP for short, involves adding a solvent such as propane to the steam that’s injected into the reservoir in SAGD. […]

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  • Enhanced Bitumen Recovery Technology Pilot

    Imperial is advancing a field trial of its Enhanced Bitumen Recovery Technology (EBRT) to validate the method and prepare it for commercial use. The process uses a recovery solution to dilute and mobilize bitumen in the reservoir, reducing the amount of steam needed as much as 90% compared to current methods. Alternatives to steam are […]

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  • eMVAPEX Pilot, Phase 3

    MEG Energy Corp. (“MEG”) is an Alberta company focused on sustainable in situ oil sands development and production in the southern Athabasca oil sands region of Alberta. Current bitumen production averages approximately 90,000 bpd. For long term success, MEG uses innovation to lower the cost and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission intensity of bitumen production. Steam generation is the main contributor to GHG emissions, water […]

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  • Low Energy Water Treatment for Steam Assisted Heavy Oil Recovery

    Today, in situ bitumen recovery requires steam to heat bitumen. While water is recycled and reused, the process is extremely energy intensive, requiring pumping, cooling and then reheating of the recycled water. Purlucid’s technology employs a number of innovations, including replacing part of the energy-intensive process with a novel membrane filter to remove contaminants from […]

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