Jim Bentein

  • Plains ‘No Longer Pursuing’ Byhalia Connection

    A key pipeline that was to link U.S.-based light crude with the Capline Pipeline, which will soon start transporting hundreds of thousands of bbls a day of oil to the Louisiana coast, has been cancelled.

    July 20, 2021, 12 PM MDT

  • Following Shelving Of Keystone XL, Attention Turns To Capline

    It could be called the phantom pipeline, since its owners will provide little information about the Capline Pipeline, which has the potential to transport several hundred thousand bbls a day of Canadian bitumen and heavy crude to Louisiana, where it can be upgraded and refined or exported.

    July 8, 2021, 8:59 AM MDT

  • GHG-Capturing Molten Carbonate Fuel Cell Technology Reaches Field Test Milestone

    It has taken more than a decade for a technology John Zhou believes holds great promise to substantially reduce oilsands GHG emissions to see the light of day, but at long last, the molten carbonate fuel cell technology he has long championed is about to be piloted by energy giant Canadian Natural Resources Limited.

    July 5, 2021, 6:03 AM MDT

  • Bitumen Beyond Combustion Offers Multibillion-Dollar Value-Add

    A new study spearheaded by Alberta Innovates outlines a future scenario under which the treatment of unprocessed bitumen from the oilsands could spawn whole new multibillion-dollar markets for bitumen, ranging from its use in carbon fibre to asphalt.

    June 14, 2021, 12 AM MDT

  • Suncor/ATCO Hydrogen Project Would Involve Multibillion-Dollar Investment: ATCO CEO

    A planned clean hydrogen plant, which would be built by Suncor Energy Inc. and ATCO Ltd. in the Industrial Heartland area north of Edmonton, will involve an investment of “multibillions of dollars” and could be akin to the birth of the oilsands industry, with multiple similar investments to follow, says ATCO’s senior executive.

    May 12, 2021, 12 AM MDT

  • Tourmaline Undertakes Multiple Initiatives To Trim GHG Emissions

    Despite having been founded just a little over a decade ago, Tourmaline Oil Corp. has become Canada’s largest natural gas producer, while growing from a few million dollars in annual revenue to $2.17 billion. And the fast-growing company has also taken a lead in developing technologies that will dramatically reduce its environmental footprint.

    April 26, 2021, 6:53 AM MDT

  • Carbon Upcycling Hopes To Make Alberta A ‘Carbon Tech’ Leader

    Calgary-based Carbon Upcycling Technologies, which has pioneered technologies aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of industrial processes such as concrete production, is now branching out to become a kind of nascent Amazon online marketplace for the sale of consumer product such as crayons, soap and wristwatches that contain sequestered CO2.

    April 23, 2021, 4:35 AM MDT

  • Digitizing Trucking Logistics Accelerates Amid Pandemic, Need For Cost Reductions

    If the founder of your company is David Werklund, one of Alberta’s wealthiest men, a member of the Order of Canada, the Canadian Petroleum Hall of Fame, and the Calgary Business Hall of Fame, as well as being an oilfield industry leader and dedicated philanthropist, you already have name recognition on your side.

    April 14, 2021, 7:03 AM MDT

  • Vorsana Purchasing NanosTech

    Kelowna-based Vorsana Environmental Inc., a clean technology company focused on improving the environmental performance of the fossil fuel and industrial sectors, has purchased Calgary-based NanosTech, which has developed a field-based bitumen upgrading technology that can reduce CO2 emissions by 35 per cent and more, while leading to significant cost reductions for producers.

    April 12, 2021, 6 AM MDT

  • Natural Gas Sector Stepping Up Venture Capital Funding

    The Canadian Gas Association’s (CGA) recently-launched natural gas venture capital firm will focus on improving the environmental footprint of natural gas, while also helping to fund value-added technologies to expand its use.

    April 6, 2021, 12 AM MDT

  • Simple, Secure Connectivity Solution Empowers Internet Of Things

    In an average year Robert Allen and his team at Vancouver- and Calgary-based cleantech venture capital firm Evok Innovations review hundreds of start-ups for potential venture investment funding.

    April 1, 2021, 6 AM MDT

  • COSIA/U of C Database Tracking Northeast Alberta Wetlands

    An initiative that was launched last year by the University of Calgary, Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA) and others will lead to the development of a centralized database that will be a kind of one-stop resource to measure the health and sustainability of northeastern Alberta’s wetlands, which cover a large part of the province.

    March 26, 2021, 12 AM MDT

  • Long Haul To Extract Minerals From Oilsands Tailings Nears Destination

    After almost two decades and total investments in technology development that are nearing $100 million, Calgary-based Titanium Corporation may finally be closer to developing a commercial plant in Alberta to develop titanium and zircon, two valuable minerals that are used for everything from paint pigments and ceramic tiles to knee replacements and golf clubs.

    March 1, 2021, 6 AM MST

  • Pipeline Monitoring Takes To Outer Space

    Just as Elon Musk’s Tesla Inc. has led the way toward development of electric vehicles, Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX), which he launched to widely commercialize satellite technology, promises to lead to the development of a wide array of new technologies — including a more sophisticated and reliable way of monitoring oil and gas pipelines and other energy facilities.

    February 12, 2021, 6 AM MST

  • ‘Decarbonization’ To Create Job Opportunities, Conference Session Hears

    Despite the challenges faced by the Canadian oil and gas sector, there is a bright future for those who have been employed in it or who hope to be, the head of a new cleantech accelerator and venture capital fund told a virtual audience.

    February 1, 2021, 10:33 AM MST

  • Epoxy Resin Technology Potential Game Changer To Eliminate Surface Casing Vent Flows

    The tiny northeastern Alberta town of Elk Point, with a population of 1,452, isn’t usually thought of as a technology development hub, but Colton Hoffman is hoping to make it the centre of technology that mitigates methane emissions from thousands of oil and gas wells — and potentially hundreds of thousands of wells worldwide.

    January 22, 2021, 12 AM MST

  • Parts 3 & 4 Of PetroLMI Survey Examines Skills Training, Unemployed/Laid Off Energy Workers

    The roaring 1970s — when people flooded into Alberta for energy-related job opportunities — appear to be long past with a large percentage of unemployed oil and gas workers saying they’re ready to move to another province, retire or retrain for jobs outside the industry.

    November 30, 2020, 6 AM MST

  • PetroLMI Surveys Examine Pandemic Impacts On Work Practices, Opportunities

    PetrolLMI, a division of Energy Safety Canada, has released the first two parts of a four-part series on work practices, productivity and opportunities in Canada’s energy workforce.

    November 23, 2020, 6 AM MST

  • LNG Can Advance Reconciliation: Conference Board Report

    The Conference Board of Canada has released a new report which says the economic benefits of LNG development are so extensive it will help lift Indigenous communities out of poverty and advance reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians.

    November 11, 2020, 2:45 PM MST

  • Increased Utilization Driven By Natgas Activity, Says Trican

    Improving industry demand resulted in the addition of a fourth fracturing crew in early October, said Trican Well Service Ltd.

    November 6, 2020, 9:50 AM MST

  • Net Loss For NCS In Q3; Some Bright Spots On The Horizon

    In a very tough market for oilfield service providers, Calgary-based NCS Multistage Holdings Inc. reported a net loss of $5.86 million in the third quarter of 2020, compared to a gain of $3.62 million last year in the quarter.

    November 5, 2020, 8:13 AM MST

  • Construction On LNG Canada Moving Along, Despite COVID

    Despite health-related setbacks caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and a slowdown in LNG demand, construction continues on Canada’s first mega LNG project being built on the B.C. coast.

    November 2, 2020, 6 AM MST

  • Energie Saguenay Appears To Be Moving Ahead, Despite Recent Setbacks

    An LNG export project planned for Port Saguenay, Que., appears to be moving ahead, despite recent setbacks.

    November 2, 2020, 9:20 AM MST

  • AltaGas Considering Split

    Calgary-based utility and midstream company AltaGas Ltd. will consider becoming two separate entities in the future, with a midstream company and a utility, according to its CEO and president.

    October 29, 2020, 8:53 AM MDT

  • Teck Looking To Unload Fort Hills Interest

    Vancouver-based Teck Resources Limited, which has a stake in Suncor Energy Inc.’s Fort Hills oilsands project, is looking at selling that interest in the future, according to the company’s president and CEO.

    October 27, 2020, 11:15 AM MDT

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