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Calgary-based Acceleware is piloting its radio-frequency technology to liberate bitumen from Alberta’s oil sands
Radio free oil sands! Calgary-based Acceleware is partnering with global industry giant GE to use radio waves to liberate oil from bituminous sand
WITH OIL PRICES STILL COASTING BELOW THE REALM OF
profitability for many oil companies, the industry is laserfocused on shrinking its cost margins any way that it can. Today, almost all of those gains are happening in the technological efficiency space. And that’s where we find Acceleware, a Calgary-based clean-tech and seismic-imaging company that is hoping to change the way oil sands firms get heavy oil out of the ground in Western Canada.
In mid-June, Acceleware joined forces with GE to launch a pilot project for Acceleware’s patent-pending radio wave-heated in situ oil sands technology, which, according to the company, could save oil sands producers billions in fuel and water costs associated with traditional steam heating. Mike Tourigny, Acceleware’s vice-president in charge of commercializing the radio frequency (RF) process, says the progression from seismic imaging to oil production technology was a natural one for the company. “We’ve taken 10 years of our expertise in electromagnetic modelling and brought that into the oil sector,” Tourigny says. “The fundamental thing here is that this is a way to produce oil sands and any heavy oil with less power,
ACCELEWARE’S MIKE TOURIGNY IS CONFIDENT THAT, WITH A MAJOR PARTNERSHIP NOW IN PLACE, ACCELEWARE’S PATENTPENDING TECHNOLOGY WILL GET RESULTS IN THE OIL SANDS