Avatar 2020

The Daily Oil Bulletin will be showcasing all the final presentations from this year’s Avatar Program — an industry-wide leadership, training and collaboration forum held virtually this summer. A partnership between Beaver Drilling Ltd., the Young Pipeliners Association of Canada (YPAC) and the University of Calgary, the program was designed to advance innovative solutions to the oil and gas industry and create new business lines, and engage young professionals.

  • Avatar Team Tackles Pipeline Construction Techniques And Trenchless Crossings

    One of the main horizontal directional drilling (HDD) challenges is underground uncertainty; a common solution is to drill technical boreholes to get a better understanding of the soil. However, according to one Avatar Program team’s presentation, such a method inevitably requires some assumptions and misses the “full picture” in the earth.

    October 28, 2020, 8:24 AM MDT

  • CBM To The Rescue: Avatar Team Recommends Data-Driven Asset Maintenance Strategy

    Condition-based maintenance (CBM) “sets in motion a shift” in understanding and applying operational data, and it is one Avatar Program team’s core recommendation for energy companies to make decisions on their assets.

    October 21, 2020, 9:41 AM MDT

  • Hydrogen In-Situ: Avatar Team Looks At Technology To Produce Clean Energy In Old Wells

    Optimally, Canadian hydrogen production will leverage existing energy assets, repurposing or reusing orphaned or inactive wells in a way that is both economically and environmentally sound, according to one Avatar Program team’s final presentation: Hydrogen in the New Energy Future.

    October 14, 2020, 7:12 AM MDT

  • Energy Advocacy: Avatar Team Sees Oil And Gas Industry As Key To Developing Geothermal

    In the spirit of promoting energy advocacy, a team of young oil and gas professionals participating in the recent Avatar Program proposed the conversion of abandoned, inactive and orphaned wells for geothermal development, which ultimately could provide direct heating and power generation to nearby communities.

    October 7, 2020, 7:13 AM MDT

  • Hydrostatic Testing Pipelines Could Be Switched To Cleaner, Cheaper Alternatives: Avatar Team

    Removing the hydrostatic test and replacing it with alternative solutions could maintain safe pipelines in Canada, while also being better for the environment and more cost effective for industry, suggests one Avatar Program team’s presentation to a panel of industry experts.

    September 30, 2020, 7:27 AM MDT

  • TECUMSEH: A New Approach To Collaboration Between Industry And Indigenous Canadians

    A secure and easy-to-use digital platform designed for collaboration between First Nations communities and oil and gas companies would effectively strengthen industry engagement with Indigenous Canadians, according to one Avatar Program presentation, and ‘TECUMSEH’ is the proposed name for that platform.

    September 23, 2020, 9:53 AM MDT

  • New Energy Future: Avatar Team Recommends Blending Hydrogen Onto Coastal GasLink

    Hydrogen provides an opportunity for energy companies to innovate, diversify and attract new investments, and blending hydrogen gas into existing pipelines would let producers quickly access lucrative West Coast and overseas markets.

    September 16, 2020, 9:22 AM MDT

  • Connect The Dots: Avatar Winners Say Canada Needs CCUS Network Linking O&G Hubs

    Western Canada requires an integrated carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) and enhanced oil recovery (EOR) network connecting major emitters with potential markets, which starts by linking existing Saskatchewan and Alberta carbon capture hubs. At least, that is what the winning team from this year’s Avatar Program recommends.

    September 9, 2020, 7:42 AM MDT

  • Avatar Online: Latest Iteration Of Young Professionals Program A Big Win For Energy Sector

    When Ana Villarreal and Justin deMontarnal attended a Canadian Energy Executives Association (CEEA) event earlier this year, the Young Pipeliners Association of Canada (YPAC) Calgary chapter co-chairs were not expecting it would lead to their participation in an industry-wide leadership, training and collaboration forum that would advance innovative solutions to the oil and gas sector and create new business lines.

    September 2, 2020, 6 AM MDT