Testing...One, Two, Three

C-FER Tech­nolo­gies is look­ing to new hori­zons in re­new­able en­ergy to help Al­berta oil­field com­pa­nies


If there’s a piece of equip­ment that be­longs in the

oil field or along a pipe­line route, chances are that C-FER Tech­nolo­gies has de­stroyed it. It’s all in the name of sci­ence at the for­merly named Cen­tre for Fron­tier En­gi­neer­ing Re­search, where cre­ative de­struc­tion is of­ten the best way to test the lim­its of a new tech­nol­ogy and im­prove upon it. Work­ing pri­mar­ily in the oil and gas sec­tor, C-FER serves up­stream, mid­stream and down­stream op­er­a­tions, with a fo­cus on de­vel­op­ing heavy oil and bi­tu­men tech­nolo­gies, due to its Edmonton-based prox­im­ity to the oil sands.

C-FER is a not-for-profit lab­o­ra­tory with a lot of buy-in from big in­dus­try op­er­a­tors like Tran­sCanada, Kin­der Mor­gan and En­bridge, and part­ner­ships with the gov­ern­ment through its par­ent or­ga­ni­za­tion Al­berta In­no­vates. But the re­search lab also ben­e­fits the smaller up­starts look­ing to show­case a new prod­uct or ser­vice in front of po­ten­tial make-or-break clients. “We ac­tu­ally pay the ven­dors to show up,” says C-FER busi­ness de­vel­op­ment di­rec­tor, Brian Wagg. “We cover some of their di­rect costs and then the ma­jor­ity is paid for by the big op­er­at­ing com­pa­nies, be­cause they’re the ones that need the tech­nol­ogy and they’re the ones that are try­ing to make the pur­chas­ing de­ci­sions on which of these tech­nolo­gies is the best use for their ap­pli­ca­tion.”

c-fer tech­ni­cians use the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s ex­pan­sive edmonton lab to test the lim­its of oil­field equip­ment

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