About the Reducing Environmental Footprint Technology Competition

On March 9, 2022, CRIN and its partners announced the projects identified for funding as part of our Reducing Environmental Footprint Technology Competition. This competition is part of a broader collaborative initiative that will see $80 million directed to fund a series of breakthrough clean energy technology competitions. 

The Reducing Environmental Footprint Technology Competition is designed to advance technology solutions for high-priority environmental challenges across the oil and gas industry with the intent to export technologies internationally and for application within Canada’s industrial sector.

  • Up to $10 million is available per successful applicant.
  • The competition coordinator for CRIN’s Reducing Environmental Footprint technology competition is Emissions Reduction Alberta.

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Competition Focus Areas

Projects were assessed on their ability to demonstrate a clear pathway to commercialization and to provide significant environmental benefits that contribute to CRIN’s target of 100 megatonnes of CO2e reduction by 2033.

This competition was open to breakthrough technology solutions aligned with one or more of the following technology focus areas:

Solutions for water challenges relevant to the oil and gas industry, including but not limited to:

  • Water treatment technologies addressing input water quality aspects such as total dissolved solids (TDS), organics, total suspended solids (TSS), turbidity, grease, oil, silica, etc.
  • Operational excellence solutions such as novel instrumentation, process control, online analyzers, surface leak prevention, asset integrity assurance, tank inspection and cleaning technologies, feedwater production efficiency improvements, and incorporation of artificial intelligence, machine learning, augmented/virtual reality, and other novel digital solutions.
  • Alternative steam generation technologies such as steam from alternative and recycled feedwaters.
  • Technologies to improve the quality and increase reuse of disposal process streams, including reducing oil and grease, TSS, organics, etc., minimizing impacts to groundwater quantity and quality.
  • Cost effective methane emissions detection, quantification, monitoring, reporting and mitigation technologies from upstream, midstream, downstream, and transportation of oil and gas in order to help industry meet its 45 per cent methane emissions reduction target, including but not limited to:
    • Methane mitigation from oil and condensate tanks, pneumatic devices, compressor seals, dehydrators, chemical pumps, and wells surface casing vent flow.
    • Cost effective and accurate methods incorporating sensors combined with digital platforms to help in methane detection, quantification, monitoring and reporting.

Solutions for land management and retirement of inactive oil and gas assets that involve accelerating timelines to closure, reducing costs, and ensuring sustainability in the methods selected for environmental management. Example technologies and best practices include but are not limited to:

  • Developing fit-for-purpose technologies and best practices.
  • Solutions that support liability management and strategic planning of closure activities.
  • Onsite or offsite remediation solutions.
  • Advanced data gathering, analytical techniques and platforms that underpin the objectives of this technology focus area.

Novel solutions for accessing and producing hydrocarbons with less environmental footprint, including but not limited to:

  • Thermal, solvent, chemical or CO2 enhanced oil recovery (EOR) projects in heavy oil reservoirs.
  • Gas, CO2, cyclic injection, or other floods that minimize decline or minimize re-fracturing or down-spacing in light/tight reservoirs.
  • Solvent processes or subsurface heat generation in in situ oil sands.
  • Material handling, aqueous and non-aqueous extraction or other technologies in mined oil sands reservoirs.
  • Downhole treatments that can be applied to restart/reinvigorate shut-in wells.
  • Production processing infrastructure, well architectures/completions, and artificial lift in all reservoirs.

Funding distribution

Lead Applicant Project Title Funding from CRIN
ARC Resources Ltd. High Saline Produced Water Treatment with Ultrafiltration $2,610,960
Carbonix Inc. Tailings Management Through Nano Technologies $900,000
H2nanO Inc. Solar-Activated Water Treatment to Accelerate Oil Sands Process-Affected Water Return $1,300,000
Mangrove Water Technologies Ltd. Commercial Demonstration of Mangrove’s Technology $3,500,000
Scovan Innovations Inc. HipVap Indirect Fired Steam Generator (IFSG) Commercial Pilot Demonstration $1,395,718
Etalim Inc. 1 Kilowatt Equivalent (kWe) Gas Wellhead Remote Power Unit $720,500
Hydrodine Catalytics Ltd. Well Site Methane Emissions Abatement $460,073
Kathairos Solutions Inc. Simple Methane Elimination Using Nitrogen $1,582,329
SensorUp Innovations Inc. A Cost-effective and Accurate End-to-end Multi-Sensor Digital Platform for Methane Detection, Quantification, Monitoring, Reporting and Prediction $1,000,000
CVW CleanTech Inc. (formerly Titanium Corporation Inc.) Creating Value from Froth Treatment Tailings $5,000,000
Cv̄ictus Inc. Mannville Enhanced Hydrogen Recovery Project $10,000,000
Great Northern Power Corp. Improving Natural Gas Field-Compressor Efficiency $800,000
InnoTech Alberta Accelerated Advancement of a Dimethyl Ether (DME) Assisted In Situ Bitumen Recovery Process $650,000
Suncor Energy Non-Aqueous Extraction (NAE) Field Demonstration Unit $10,000,000
InnoTech Alberta Testing Alternate Products in Place of Cement for Well Decommissioning and Remediation $1,200,000
OptiSeis Solutions Ltd. EcoSeis: Environmental Footprint Reduction for Subsurface Exploration Programs $3,197,854

* Amounts listed are maximum funds available from CRIN for each project.

Meet the projects recommended for funding