CRIN's $50 million Reducing Environmental Footprint technology competition is designed to advance technology solutions for high-priority environmental challenges across the oil and gas industry with the intent to export technologies internationally and for application within Canada’s industrial sector.
- Up to $10 million is available per successful applicant.
- Competition details and application processes available on the ERA website
- Information webinar: April 7, 2021 - Watch the event recording here
The competition coordinator for CRIN's Reducing Environmental Footprint technology competition is:
COMPETITION FOCUS AREAS
Projects will be assessed on ability to demonstrate a clear pathway to commercialization and to provide significant environmental benefits that contribute to CRIN’s target of 100 megatonnes of CO2e reduction by 2033.
This competition is open to breakthrough technology solutions aligned with one or more of the following technology focus areas:
Water Technology Development
Solutions for water challenges relevant to the oil and gas industry, including but not limited to:
- Water treatment technologies addressing input water quality aspects such as total dissolved solids (TDS), organics, total suspended solids (TSS), turbidity, grease, oil, silica, etc.
- Operational excellence solutions such as novel instrumentation, process control, online analyzers, surface leak prevention, asset integrity assurance, tank inspection and cleaning technologies, feedwater production efficiency improvements, and incorporation of artificial intelligence, machine learning, augmented/virtual reality, and other novel digital solutions.
- Alternative steam generation technologies such as steam from alternative and recycled feedwaters.
- Technologies to improve the quality and increase reuse of disposal process streams, including reducing oil and grease, TSS, organics, etc., minimizing impacts to groundwater quantity and quality.
Methane Emissions, Monitoring, Quantification, and Abatement
- Cost effective methane emissions detection, quantification, monitoring, reporting and mitigation technologies from upstream, midstream, downstream, and transportation of oil and gas in order to help industry meet its 45 per cent methane emissions reduction target, including but not limited to:
- Methane mitigation from oil and condensate tanks, pneumatic devices, compressor seals, dehydrators, chemical pumps, and wells surface casing vent flow.
- Cost effective and accurate methods incorporating sensors combined with digital platforms to help in methane detection, quantification, monitoring and reporting.
Land and Wellsite Reclamation
Solutions for land management and retirement of inactive oil and gas assets that involve accelerating timelines to closure, reducing costs, and ensuring sustainability in the methods selected for environmental management. Example technologies and best practices include but are not limited to:
- Developing fit-for-purpose technologies and best practices.
- Solutions that support liability management and strategic planning of closure activities.
- Onsite or offsite remediation solutions.
- Advanced data gathering, analytical techniques and platforms that underpin the objectives of this technology focus area.
Novel Hydrocarbon Extraction
Novel solutions for accessing and producing hydrocarbons with less environmental footprint, including but not limited to:
- Thermal, solvent, chemical or CO2 enhanced oil recovery (EOR) projects in heavy oil reservoirs.
- Gas, CO2, cyclic injection, or other floods that minimize decline or minimize re-fracturing or down-spacing in light/tight reservoirs.
- Solvent processes or subsurface heat generation in in situ oil sands.
- Material handling, aqueous and non-aqueous extraction or other technologies in mined oil sands reservoirs.
- Downhole treatments that can be applied to restart/reinvigorate shut-in wells.
- Production processing infrastructure, well architectures/completions, and artificial lift in all reservoirs.