Jim Bentein

  • Exothermic Chemical Treatment Offers Steamless, Low Emissions Enhanced Heavy Oil And Bitumen Recovery

    A Prague-based heavy oil technology company which has developed an enhanced oil recovery (EOR) technology it calls Exothermic Chemical Treatment (ECT) pitched its technology in a webinar in Calgary.

    September 23, 2020, 8:14 AM MDT

  • Multiple Applications For Technology To Convert Natural Gas And CO2 Into Carbon Nanofibres

    The technology that is being taken to the commercial stage by Calgary-based Carbonova Corp. may sound almost too good to be true, but companies in the concrete-production, auto parts, sports equipment and other sectors that are working with the firm to use the carbon dioxide-sourced material it produces are believers.

    September 17, 2020, 7:16 AM MDT

  • Field Refuelling Solution Leads To Comprehensive Array Technologies Developed By Entrepreneurial Outsiders

    An Acheson, Alberta-based company that was launched by a father and his two sons, none of whom have an engineering background, has grown to become one of the most technologically sophisticated oilfield service companies in the world, with the underlying aim of helping to make the oil and gas industry “safer and smarter.”

    September 11, 2020, 10:59 AM MDT

  • Meet The 2020 Rising Stars Nominees

    Optimism has been in short supply in 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting plunge in oil prices has put an already battered Canadian energy industry back into survival mode, with the future looking uncertain.

    September 8, 2020, 9:29 AM MDT

  • Inventor Of Oilsands Upgrading Tech Touts Calgary As Hub For Catalyst And Nanoparticle Technologies

    Pedro Pereira-Almao is convinced the in-situ bitumen and heavy oil upgrading technology he and his team at the University of Calgary have developed can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 80 per cent by eliminating the use of steam, while drastically reducing production costs and rendering SAGD technology virtually obsolete.

    September 4, 2020, 8:12 AM MDT

  • Total Energy Services Records Revenue Drop As Sector Downturn Roils OFS

    Add Total Energy Services Inc. to the long list of Canadian oilfield service companies that were walloped financially by COVID-19, as the company recorded a dramatic decline in revenue in the second quarter of 2020.

    August 12, 2020, 9:53 AM MDT

  • Hifi Fibre Optic Sensing Technology Takes Leap Forward With Pipeline Retrofit Capability

    Calgary-based Hifi Engineering Inc., developer of next generation fibre optic sensing technology that provides pipeline leak and stress detection capabilities, would not even exist today were it not for the financing that has launched many successful businesses.

    August 11, 2020, 8:45 AM MDT

  • Digital Tracking Technology Provides End-To-End Histories Of Oilfield Equipment

    The digital oilfield is a catchphrase that has come into increasingly common use but, unlike many other companies that use the phrase, Nisku, Alberta-based Latium Technologies, Inc. actually delivers on its potential with some of the biggest names in heavy industry today.

    August 6, 2020, 11:05 AM MDT

  • Oilsands GHG Intensity Declines, Says Study

    Canadian oilsands producers have steadily improved their environmental performance from a greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) standpoint, a new study concludes, even though the disruptions caused by COVID-19 have likely halted that progress temporarily.

    August 6, 2020, 9:32 AM MDT

  • MEG’s Response To COVID Helps Contain Q2 Storm

    MEG Energy Corp., like other Canadian oilsands producers, was hit hard by the COVID-19-related price shock in the second quarter of 2020, but a vigorous hedging initiative, reduced capital spending and across-the-board salary reductions allowed it to contain its financial losses.

    July 28, 2020, 8:07 AM MDT

  • Teck’s Energy Business Unit Reports Gross Profit Loss

    Teck Resources Limited, Canada’s largest diversified mining company, was hit hard by the impact of COVID-19 on its operations in the second quarter, the company said on Thursday, with the producer of steelmaking coal, copper and zinc — and with a presence in the oilsands — recording a loss, as prices for all the commodities it produces declined.

    July 23, 2020, 3:13 PM MDT

  • Last Mile Frac Sand Delivery Solution Cuts Costs And Emissions, Increases Safety

    You’d think Source Energy Services Ltd., Canada’s largest frac sand provider, would have enough of a logistics challenge transporting its northern white sand about 2,100 kilometres by rail from the three mines it owns in Wisconsin.

    July 22, 2020, 9:39 AM MDT

  • Natgas Outlook Provides Hope For Producers, Conference Hears

    Tourmaline Oil Corp.’s president and CEO made it very clear on Tuesday during a webcast conference that natural gas holds out much more hope for his company in the near future than crude, a point echoed by other executives at the event.

    July 8, 2020, 12 AM MDT

  • PetroLMI Report Details Employment Prospects From LNG In Canada

    The development of the new LNG plants in Canada that appear most likely to proceed could create up to 8,300 jobs in the upstream sector, several thousand peak construction jobs, 1,200 or more operations positions and thousands of spin-off jobs in local communities, according to a new report.

    June 25, 2020, 7:55 AM MDT

  • Smaller Industry Associations Respond To COVID-19 Challenge

    This article continues yesterday’s look at how industry associations are dealing with the fallout from COVID-19. Today’s article reports on some of the smaller industry groups in Calgary.

    June 16, 2020, 9:47 AM MDT

  • Associations Weathering Industry Storms

    Canada’s oilfield service industry is facing “an existential crisis” that threatens its very existence, says the head of an association that represents that sector, but can claim some success in having received direct government help and government loan backing that will allow companies to survive

    June 15, 2020, 9:51 AM MDT

  • Alberta Carbon Trunk Line Now Operational

    The Alberta Carbon Trunk Line (ACTL) will lead to the birth of a new industry in the province, says the head of the company.

    June 3, 2020, 6:34 AM MDT

  • Sturgeon Refinery Close To Capacity

    The delayed $10-billion Sturgeon refinery is operating close to capacity, processing about 70 per cent of the bitumen it was designed for, almost three years after its original in-service date.

    May 21, 2020, 9:49 AM MDT

  • Enerplus Ekes Out Profit In Q1

    Enerplus Corporation, which is focused on North Dakota and Marcellus oil and gas production, managed to do something few producers have pulled off in the first quarter of 2020 — it eked out a profit.

    May 8, 2020, 9:57 AM MDT

  • Renaissance Earnings Tied To Pemex, Revenue Down In 2019

    The good news for Calgary-based Renaissance Oil Corp., which operates exclusively in Mexico, is that it’s receiving far higher prices for its oil and natural gas production in the country than it would if it was operating in Canada or the U.S.

    May 6, 2020, 9:55 AM MDT

  • Western Energy Reduces Salaried Workforce By 42%

    It was a short and not very sweet annual meeting Tuesday for Calgary-based Wesern Energy Services Corp., held in a virtual formal, given the COVID-19 requirements limiting large gatherings.

    April 29, 2020, 7:07 AM MDT

  • Alberta Service Company Diversifying Beyond Oilfield

    As a native Texan, Bryce Bernhard is used to weathering a few storms, but the storm that has hit Alberta’s oil industry-reliant economy in the last four or five years may not have been quite what he expected when he moved from that state to the province in 2010.

    April 29, 2020, 7:54 AM MDT

  • More Industry Goodwill During COVID-19-Related Downturn

    Brad Peterson readily acknowledges that among the gloom and doom gripping the Canadian energy industry, he’s one of the fortunate ones — and he intends to keep on sharing his good fortune.

    April 28, 2020, 12 AM MDT

  • How Are Private Operators Navigating The Downturn?

    There’s something comforting about heading a privately-owned oil and gas company and not having to watch your company’s publicly-listed shares drop on an almost daily basis, according to the CEO and president of Calgary-based Velvet Energy Ltd.

    April 23, 2020, 6 AM MDT

  • Teck Lowers Capex For Energy Business

    As a result of reducing operations to a single-train facility at Fort Hills and to minimize negative cash flow, Teck Resources Limited has reduced its planned 2020 capital spending in the energy business unit to $85 million from $175 million.

    April 21, 2020, 9:06 AM MDT

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