Legendary Calgary oilman Jim Gray neatly set out the challenge ahead for Canada’s oil capital, still struggling through the biggest energy sector downturn in a generation.
January 18, 2018, 6 AM MST
Digitalizing the oilfield may be all the rage in technology circles as the oilpatch strives to achieve lower costs in today’s low commodity price environment, but one Calgary company is old hat when it comes to the application of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to optimize field assets.
January 18, 2018, 6 AM MST
Combining technological innovation developed in Alberta and California, Calgary-based Rocky Mountain GTL Inc. will construct Alberta’s first commercial gas-to-liquids facility to produce a clean burning, zero sulphur synthetic diesel.
December 7, 2017, 9:41 AM MST
Calgary-based pipeline leak detection company Hifi Technologies has admittedly high ambitions — it seeks to have its fibre optic based technology become the industry standard for monitoring and leak detection installed on every pipeline in the world.
November 27, 2017, 11:13 AM MST
Edmonton — Alberta chose the wrong path when it doubled down on the “junk energy” contained in the oilsands in recent years, and must move fast to join the energy transition away from fossil fuels if it hopes to avoid falling off the climate change cliff, political scientist and ecologist Thomas Homer-Dixon told an Edmonton audience Tuesday.
November 8, 2017, 7:49 AM MST
The Alberta mandated 45 per cent cut in methane emissions from 2014 levels by 2025 is a steep challenge for the oil and gas industry, but a manageable one with ramped up technology development and a new adaptive approach to tech implementation adopted by the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER), say industry leaders.
November 1, 2017, 6 AM MDT
The Clean Resource Innovation Network (CRIN), recently established to promote collaboration and innovation in the energy sector, has been passed over in its bid for Innovation Superclusters Initiative funding from the federal government.
October 17, 2017, 6 AM MDT
The energy makeover underway to transition off carbon offers a massive opportunity to those in the clean energy and innovation space, says former U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, but it also offers plenty of prospects for relatively clean burning natural gas.
October 10, 2017, 9:20 AM MDT
Contrary to public perception, many conservative-minded voters do accept that human-caused climate change is occurring and policy needs to reflect that fact, three conservative commentators told a climate conference last week.
October 6, 2017, 5:18 AM MDT
While it was not specifically created to deal with oil and gas industry challenges, a new facility in Richmond, B.C., to test carbon capture and conversion technologies will focus much of its efforts on problems specific to the high emitting oilsands—specifically making production less carbon intensive.
September 21, 2017, 6 AM MDT
The proponent of Canada’s first offshore wind farm off the B.C. coast has attracted the interest of the world’s biggest offshore wind farm developer, advancing a proposed 400 megawatt project that could feed green power to nearby liquefied natural gas project.
September 13, 2017, 11:31 AM MDT
Rapid technological change and a low price environment has promoted the creation of a new Clean Resources Innovation Network (CRIN) that seeks to bring the oil and gas industry more in line with the needs of its end users and accelerate technology uptake, leading to potentially transformative innovation.
July 10, 2017, 6 AM MDT
Technological change is coming rapidly, and combined with an increased focus on carbon intensity, it will challenge the Canadian oil and gas industry in the coming years, according to Mike Crabtree, vice-president, energy with the Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC).
June 20, 2017, 10:30 AM MDT
Oilsands producers could learn much from revolutionary innovators like Tesla’s Elon Musk as well as from challenges overcome in other oil and gas basins to bring about substantial cost reductions and win over customers, according to industry observers.
May 3, 2017, 6 AM MDT
An organization created to get past the polarization of the energy debate and find creative solutions is advancing a number of concepts built upon Alberta’s strength—and the main source of the debate—the oil and gas sector.
April 24, 2017, 8:49 AM MDT
New technology being developed by SAGD operators could effectively eliminate CO2 emissions from the steam generation process, the largest source of greenhouse gas releases from in situ bitumen production.
March 24, 2017, 6:58 AM MDT
It’s official. Cautious optimism has crept into the oil and gas industry entering 2017 as the price of oil hovers around $50 per bbl and companies are looking to modestly grow spending and increase drilling activity as they align to the new normal of improving, if not exceptional, commodity prices going forward.
March 20, 2017, 6 AM MDT
The emerging Internet of Things (IoT) means different things to different industries, but it will have far reaching implications for consumers and industry alike in future years, participants in a University of Calgary sponsored Distinguished Speaker Panel said this week.
March 17, 2017, 11:27 AM MDT
An advanced shutdown of Alberta’s coal power plants and build-up of cogeneration in the oilsands to provide new power to the grid could lead to earlier reduction in the province’s greenhouse gas emissions.
March 9, 2017, 3:28 AM MST
Alberta could become an international hub for development of new technology designed to produce profitable uses for carbon dioxide, the primary greenhouse gas blamed for creating climate change, say industry and government officials who announced financing for a new CO2 test facility in southeast Calgary.
March 6, 2017, 9:50 AM MST
Fear of failure, lack of sharing of ideas and an inability to tap into the tech start-up community and transform R&D into commercial products are hampering innovation and productivity improvement in the oil and gas sector, say industry insiders.
January 25, 2017, 6 AM MST
As straightforward as SAGD bitumen production may sound—pumping steam through one horizontal wellbore to heat bitumen and pumping it up a second horizontal wellbore to produce it—the relatively new production method is a highly complex affair, with a wide assortment of variables to consider that are unique to the oil and gas industry.
November 22, 2016, 10:20 AM MST
Oil and gas pipeline ruptures are not only potentially costly events, but also occurrences that erode public confidence in pipeline safety, and therefore social licence to build and operate them. The breakdown of multimillion-dollar pieces of equipment used in the oil and gas industry can be similarly dangerous, and costly.
November 15, 2016, 10:08 AM MST
As oil and gas companies consider adoption of potentially cost-cutting new digital oilfield technologies to weather the prolonged low oil price environment, predictive maintenance and production asset optimization technologies ought to be at the top of their list, according to a new report.
November 8, 2016, 7:24 AM MST
The ultimate success of a pilot project can depend as much on establishing common interests between the technology provider and producer as it does on the technology tested, say those familiar with operating them in the capital intensive oilsands sector, where pilots can add up to hundreds of millions of dollars.
October 13, 2016, 6 AM MDT