CRIN defines an oil and gas producer as a company of any size incorporated pursuant to laws of Canada or a Canadian Province or Territory with the capability to conduct any or all of the following:
- Upstream exploration for hydrocarbon resources
- Upstream development (production) and sale of hydrocarbons
- Midstream trading and transportation of hydrocarbons and/or hydrocarbon-based products
- Downstream purchase of hydrocarbons for manufacturing (refining) and sale of hydrocarbon-based products
Producers are closest to the environmental challenges and impacts that arise in the oil and gas industry. Innovation is key to reducing these impacts, including greenhouse gas emissions, and to increasing the competitiveness of Canada’s oil and gas industry.
Read more: The role of oil and gas producer in CRIN Programs
Producers have articulated the priority focus areas where innovators, researchers, academics, entrepreneurs and other cleantech developers can have the biggest impact.
Collaboration between producers and developers is vital for field testing new innovations. This is because proven concepts that have producer participation can accelerate development, create a clear path to commercialization which can lead to wide-spread adoption.
Highlights of CRIN Producer ecosystem membership growth: April 2020 – March 2021
As of March 2021, Producer membership in CRIN grew to approximately 60 member companies; this growth was, in part, related to:
- Direct engagement with Producer companies via telephone and email outreach
- Engagement with Industry associations and research entities including:
- Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP)
- Explorers and Producers Association of Canada (EPAC)
- Petroleum Research Newfoundland and Labrador (PRNL)
- Petroleum Technology Association of Canada (PTAC)
- CRIN member speakers and other promotional activities at industry events and informational webinars
- CRIN-hosted online events
- CRIN technology competition pre-launch events
What’s coming in 2021-2022
CRIN Technology Competitions process and results.
- Producer pull is prominent in all of CRIN’s technology enablement programs, including the 2021 $80 million technology competitions. The competitions are open to technology developers, industry operators, industry associations, academic institutions, multi-national enterprises (MNE), municipalities, small and medium-sized enterprises (SME), and others.
- To demonstrate industry pull, applicant project teams must include at least one SME (<500 employees) and at least one oil and gas producer (the producer can also be the SME). In addition, all participants must be members of CRIN to be eligible for the competitions.
- These requirements ensure that incentives exist for producers to be members of CRIN and to partner with SMEs to develop new clean technology solutions.