Innovation is helping the oil and gas industry to become safer, more efficient and productive. A few examples in use or under study are:
- Injecting CO2 into reservoirs enhances oil and gas recovery.
- Directional drilling that allows companies to reach several underground reservoirs from a single well pad. With directional drilling, companies can avoid disturbing sensitive lands, water bodies or migration paths.
- Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD), steam which is pumped into the reservoir to heat and separate oil sands bitumen, to make it easier to get out of the ground.
- Using CO2 emissions with algae to produce biofuel and biomass products through the Algal Carbon Conversion Project.
- Using satellite technology to measure greenhouse gas emissions from tailings ponds and mining sites.
- Flying a drilling rig to site, one piece at a time, to limit disturbance to the surrounding forest since no roads are needed.
- Using amphibious vehicles to be able to complete restoration year-round even in swampy areas
For more information on up-and-coming technologies that make a difference, visit Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA).