StatoilHydro in new field research project in Canada

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StatoilHydro is part of an important new field research and pilot project that is testing technology with the potential to reduce water use and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions at its Leismer oil sands in situ project in Alberta, Canada.

The steam-solvent co-injection project (Solve) is in partnership with the Petroleum Technology Research Centre (PTRC) in Regina, Saskatchewan.

The goal is to develop, optimise, and commercialise StatoilHydro`s new technology through an extensive field testing and research and development programme to reduce water use and CO2 emissions from conventional steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) technology.

“We’re pleased to partner with PTRC on this innovative pilot project,” said Åge Kristensen, vice president for heavy oil R&D, StatoilHydro Canada. “The technology enhances the existing SAGD process because it can potentially reduce steam-to-oil ratio while increasing bitumen recovery.”

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