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Accelerating Industry Adoption of Greenhouse Gas Reduction Technologies – Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC)

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The following article is an excerpt from a blog post on the Saskatchewan Research Council’s (SRC) blog From the Lab to the Loading Dock. Read the full article.

Don’t miss SRC’s Technology and Innovation Theatre (Booth 1044) at the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, 2019. View the presentation schedule.

Emissions reduction technologies can help industry comply with emerging regulations, but potential new technologies often fail because they can’t move through the research and development phase into commercialization; this gap is sometimes called “the Valley of Death.”

The Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC) created the Centre for the Demonstration of Emissions Reductions (CeDER) to facilitate testing, demonstration and technology validation in real-world situations for industry and technology developers. This means technologies can be adopted by industry sooner because they’ve been demonstrated to work, moving us quickly towards reducing emissions.

“The need to address large methane emissions from the oil and gas sector is intensifying,” says Dr. Erin Powell, Manager of SRC’s Process Development Business Unit. Erin manages a team of engineers and scientists that provide applied research and development, scale-up, demonstration and validation of value-added processing technologies for commercial application. This includes greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions technologies offered through CeDER.

There are a lot of emissions reduction technologies on the market, but it can be challenging knowing which ones will perform best for a particular application. “We offer assessments to help industry identify technologies that will help lower their GHG emissions to meet regulatory requirements,” says Erin. SRC’s Process Development team created a database of nearly 400 commercial and emerging GHG emissions reduction technologies developed by innovators. The database is used as a repository of information on technologies, processes and practices, and as a screening tool for various emissions mitigation challenges.

It’s important that these emissions related measurement, reduction, capture and conversion technologies are tested in real-world conditions to gain industry confidence. There’s no better proof that a technology works than seeing it function in the field, but it’s a big leap from lab to field. In conjunction with CeDER, SRC offers mobile on-site services including technology demonstrations, operational troubleshooting, performance validation and GHG emissions testing.

At SRC’s Technology and Innovation Theatre at the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (Booth 1044), Erin will discuss how SRC’s Centre for the Demonstration of Emissions Reductions (CeDER) is helping industry and technology developers test and validate emissions reduction technologies that can be adopted in the field.

The momentum is growing for CeDER with industry players and technologies. Working in concert with key players, such as Petroleum Technology Alliance of Canada, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers and the Methane Emissions Leadership Alliance, and with support from provincial regulators and private/public funding sources, CeDER is testing methane capture and conversion technologies (e.g., to power, micro-liquified natural gas, gas to liquids) in multiple provinces at operator field sites.

CeDER is a fundamental part of a national network to address emissions, and SRC is working closely with key stakeholders in industry, government and technology towards that goal.

As the oil and gas industry moves increasingly toward testing emissions reduction and conversion technologies in the field, on real emissions streams, CeDER—in collaboration with others—will help independently test and validate those technologies.

During all three days of the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, you can catch experts from SRC’s Mining and Energy Division presenting on the latest advancements in research and technologies for the oil and gas industry. With decades of experience applying what they’ve learned in the lab to the field, they’ll be sharing their experience and knowledge on topics ranging from enhanced oil recovery to tackling methane reduction regulations. Look for the bright blue halo in Halls ABC, Booth 1044.

View the full schedule and read about the presenters and their presentations at

Presentation Schedule Overview

Monday, Sept. 30 & Tuesday, Oct. 1

9:15 a.m. Heavy Oil EOR – Thermal and Cold Methods

10:15 a.m. Imaging the Very Small – CT Scanner

11:15 a.m.
(Monday, Sept. 30) CeDER: Addressing Impacts of Methane Regulations with Technological Solutions
(Tuesday, Oct. 1) Partial Upgrading at SRC: 35 Years of Expertise

1:15 p.m. Tight Oil EOR – Gaps and Challenges

2:15 p.m. Well Placement and Fracturing Considerations – Viking

3:15 p.m. Pipeline Transport for Heavy Oil and Oil Sands

4:15 p.m. Selective Lithium Extraction Technologies for Potential Application in Petrobrines

Wednesday, Oct. 2

9:15 a.m. Heavy Oil EOR – Thermal and Cold Methods

10:15 a.m. Imaging the Very Small – CT Scanner

11:15 a.m. CeDER: Addressing Impacts of Methane Regulations with Technological Solutions


View the full schedule and read about the presenters and their presentations at

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