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Emissions Reductions and Energy Efficiency in Crude Bitumen and Heavy Oil Project FEATURED

TEREE Emission Reduction / Eco-Efficiency

The objective of the project is to determine the technical and economic feasibilities of early stage technologies that could reduce methane emissions and improve energy efficiency in heavy oil and in situ oil sands industry through pre-demonstration field trials and conceptual engineering study. PTAC has facilitated the development and demonstration of emissions reduction and energy efficiency technologies for the past 10 years. Its programs have searched, identified and provided financial support to applied research and to technology development projects and disseminated the findings to improve energy efficiency, reduce emissions of methane and flaring, and monitor fugitive emissions in the oil patch, among others. For example, the industry has saved approximately 1.2 billion m3/year natural gas from the adoption of REM Technology products. This reduction in natural gas consumption has reduced CO2 emission for about 14.4 million tonnes per year. At a natural gas price of $4 per gigajoule (GJ), the cost reduction potential is more than $100 million per year. The project is in the context of work by PTAC and its industry and government committee to identify, demonstrate and disseminate information about new technologies to reduce methane emissions and improve energy efficiency in heavy oil and in in situ oil sands. Oil sands and heavy oil greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are comprised of both combustion emissions as well as direct emissions of methane gas (the latter is at least 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide CO2). There are significant opportunities to reduce oil sands and heavy oil GHG emissions by developing new technologies for energy efficiency and emissions reduction.

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