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Provincial and federal funds support carbon dioxide conversion technologies

Minister Carr and Minister Bilous sign a memorandum of understanding between Natural Resources Canada and the Government of Alberta on February 13, 2017 in Ottawa.

Alberta will attract the world’s most innovative companies to the province through $10 million in provincial funding to help build a test facility for technologies that convert CO2 emissions into usable products.

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Environmental monitoring agreement signed for Pacific NorthWest LNG proposal

A tanker at anchor in Prince Rupert harbour. – Flickr user adavey

Federal, provincial and First Nations leaders have announced an Agreement on Environmental Monitoring of the proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG Project. This is the first Agreement of its kind between the Government of Canada, the Government of British Columbia, the Lax Kw'alaams Band and the Metlakatla First Nation. 

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Cenovus recognized for leadership in climate change report

Located about 120 kilometres south of Fort McMurray, our Christina Lake project uses steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) to drill wells, inject steam at a low-pressure and pump oil to the surface.  – Cenovus Energy Inc.

Cenovus Energy Inc. has been placed in the Leadership level of the annual CDP Climate Change Report. This global ranking recognizes actions the company has taken to manage climate change impacts within its operations and beyond. The score of A- positions Cenovus in the top quartile of all global companies assessed by CDP and it is one of only two Canadian energy companies at the Leadership level. These results were announced today as part of CDP’s Canada Report.

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Sturgeon refinery selects GE technology for water recycling

North West Redwater Partnership's Sturgeon refinery in Alberta, Canada.

Seeking to reduce the use of water in the refining process and as a way of minimizing its environmental impact on the North Saskatchewan River, North West Redwater (NWR) Partnership turned to GE’s Water & Process Technologies for NWR’s new Sturgeon refinery in Alberta, Canada. Like many regions, Alberta has very stringent regulations regarding freshwater withdrawal and effluent discharge, and Water & Process Technologies provided an innovative solution to meet NWR’s sustainability and environmental goals as well as the province’s policies.

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Water clarifiers and demulsifiers improve fluid separation performance

TRETOLITE SNAP technologies help minimize oil-in-water (OIW) levels to improve water quality for reuse, reducing heat exchanger fouling and related equipment cleanout expenses.

Baker Hughes has announced the commercial release of its TRETOLITE SNAP fluids separation technologies, designed to help oil and gas operators maintain dry oil and good water quality, while also stabilizing operations and reducing costs—without limiting production—to improve overall profitability. This next generation of chemical solutions includes water clarification and demulsification technologies that deliver improved performance in multiple production applications, including steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) facilities, as well as conventional and other unconventional onshore and offshore fields.

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Microbe control reduces coiled tubing corrosion

An image of coiled tubing string failure showing transverse cracking and pitting corrosion near the bias weld. – Photo reference: Edillon, L., Henderson, M. and Leong, S. 2016. Biocide Treatment Program Reduces Premature Coiled Tubing Failures. Journal of Petroleum Technology. Vol 68 (6): 20-21.

There are many causes of corrosion, and many of them are from sources that might never be considered by the general public. Chemical effects causing corrosion are usually top of mind when the topic comes up, but the reason that acid becomes part of the equation when trying to prevent damage to metal components might be surprising to many people.

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On-site flare gas capture helps meet emissions targets

The GTUIT and Berg Chilling Systems gas capture and chilling unit on site at a gas well.

In June of this year, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, U.S. President Barack Obama and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto held a summit meeting on a variety of topics. One area they discussed was climate change and, as a result of their meetings, a goal to reduce methane emissions from oil and gas operations by up to 45 percent was set, along with reductions in other greenhouse gases.

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How Canadian liquefied natural gas can help reduce global greenhouse gas emissions

Canadian LNG will likely lower global greenhouse gas emissions.

Canadian liquefied natural gas can lower global greenhouse gas emissions if it displaces dirtier sources of power abroad, according to a new C.D. Howe Institute report. In “Clearing the Air: How Canadian LNG Exports Could Help Meet World Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goals,” authors James Coleman and Sarah Jordaan show policymakers how they can make their policies on liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facilities align with their economic and environmental goals.

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Newly improved portable multi-gas monitor ideal fit for confined-space applications

TRIPLE PLUS + IR Multi-gas monitor.

Over 80,000 units of the Triple Plus + IR design are presently in use worldwide. The Triple Plus + IR is now offered along with the Triple Plus + which replaces the older Triple Plus now in production almost a total of 20 years. These users have come to depend on its robust and reliable performance. The extremely durable case and internal construction means it won't break when you drop it and resists shocks and vibrations. The unit offers UL, CSA, and numerous other approvals for use in hazardous areas, is water and dust resistant to IP65, and floats if it falls into water!

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Oil and fuel filtration systems added to the Wajax portfolio

10 GPM Nema 4 High Vacuum Transformer Oil Purification System.

Wajax has announced the addition of Oil Filtration Systems, Inc. to its filtration portfolio. Oil Filtration Systems manufactures a comprehensive line of oil purification equipment that is designed to remove contamination (water, particulate, varnish, etc.) from a variety of fluids, including lube oil, hydraulic oil, transformer oil and diesel fuel. Oil Filtration Systems, like Wajax, serves a variety of markets, including power generation, mining, oil and gas, pulp and paper, and other industries.

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Ceramic membrane filtration of produced water for oil and gas operations

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Whether it is for disposal or reuse, produced water treatment has become a major focus in both the water and the oil and gas industries during the past decade. Ceramic membranes, which were developed more than 30 years ago, are becoming an important technology for produced water treatment. In fact, it is becoming evident that these membranes offer some of the best values in the emerging areas of water management for the upstream oil and gas industry, as well as in refineries.

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Leak detection on produced water pipeline networks

Water is considered a byproduct of oil and gas production and must be carefully managed. This water is usually referred to as ‘produced water’ and is the largest volume waste stream associated with oil and gas production. Because produced water was viewed as a waste by product historically, the most commonly practiced management strategies were aimed at disposal, rather than beneficial use.

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Fuelling the search for a more environmentally friendly search for fuel

Dan Alessi, Encana Water Chair and assistant professor in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, examines flowback water as part of a $2M study to examine best practices in hydraulic fracturing.

Hydraulic fracturing has become a widely used resource extraction technology in today’s world. Designed to increase the access to our petroleum reserves, this method has come under scrutiny in the recent past for its potential impact on the environment.

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Low-density floating roof reduces tank vent emissions

Covers originally designed for water uses are beneficial for heavy oil tanks.

Concerns over emissions in various operational areas have many oil and gas companies looking for methods to control emissions across the board. One area that has been explored in some sectors is that of covers for tanks and similar uses. One technology, first developed in Denmark for water and wastewater applications, is proving to be significant for Canadian heavy oil producers. The Oil & Gas Duty Hexa-Cover floating cover system offers users improved environmental performance and reduced capital and operating costs.

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