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