PRELIMINARY INTAKE FORM

If you represent an SME and are interested in discussing your project or innovation with PTAC, we ask that you please fill out this online preliminary intake form and submit it or alternatively, download this PTAC Preliminary Intake Form and return as directed. Upon receipt we will then reach out to you to schedule a meeting.

ALBERTA UPSTREAM PETROLEUM RESEARCH FUND

Over 350 additional projects related to the development of smart policies, regulations and best practices for the sustainable development of Alberta’s world class hydrocarbon resources have been launched through the Alberta Upstream Petroleum Research Fund (AUPRF). To view these projects, please go to auprf.ptac.org.

PTAC PROJECTS

2003

  • Pilot Project Designing a Web-enabled Searchable Database of Ecological Research

2002

2001

  • A New Technique for Mitigating Electrical Disturbances Caused by Energizing Generator Transformers

1999

  • Mitigation of Harmonic Distortions in Oilfield Electrical Systems

2009

  • Alberta CO2 Purity Project

2008

  • PTAC Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) study Phase1

2001

  • Screening of Alberta Pools for CO2 Injection
  • CO2 WAG Flooding

1999

  • Research and Software Development Project to Reduce Drilling and Completion Costs Associated with Borehole Instability

2016

  • Reduction in the Alberta Oil and Gas Sector

2004

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  • A&D Data Exchange Project

2001

  • Identifying “Sweet Spots” in Basin Centered Gas Accumulations-EGR

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  • Capacity Building in China’s Upstream Oil and Gas Industry to Reduce Methane Emissions and Energy Intensities

2008

  • Flue Gas Steam Stimulation (2008-2010)

2007

2006

  • SRU Incinerator Optimization Phase 1
  • LDAR (Leak Detection and Repair) – Optimizing Leak Detection Methods
  • Zero Emissions Wellsite – BP Canada Validation of Sun Pumper versus Tex Steam units (2006 & 2012)

2005

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  • Facilitation of Sustainable, Eco-Efficient and Greenhouse Gas Technologies
  • New Flare Burner Designs

2000

  • Flaring Mitigation Centre Market Assessment by C-Fer Technologies

1999

  • Onsite Electrical Generation from Flare Gas

1998

  • Low Fuel Pressure Heating Systems for Field Tanks –Production optimization?

1997

  • Onsite Electrical Generation from Flare Gas – Mercury Electric/Suncor

2015

  • Heavy Metals Extraction Study

2011

  • Innovative Applications of Electricity in the Oil Sands by Jacobs Consultancy

2010

  • Clean Bitumen Technology Action Plan

2007

  • Novel Low GHG Heavy Oil Recovery Process 
  • Novel Conventional Heavy Oil EOR and Direct Contact Steam Generation
  • Preliminary Scope of Work for a Third Party Test of Venturi Orifice Technology vs. Conventional Steam Traps
  • Alternative Solutions to Replace Natural Gas for Oil Sands Development

2006

2001

  • Crude Oil Document Exchange (CDOX) Pilot

2000

  • Vapex Refinery Upgrading Project
  • In Situ and Refinery Upgrading of Vapex Heavy Oil Production for Increased Value and Reduced Emissions (VAPEX Phase 2)
  • Vapex Engineering and Economics – Phase 3
  • Heavy Oil Vent Gas Utilization
  • Cyclic Solvent-Based Process for Heavy Oil Reservoirs
  • Borehole Stability and Sand Production Risk Assessment Software – Phase 2
  • Thermal Solvent Process – Field Scale Engineering and Economics –Oil sands
  • Foamy Oil Behaviour: Beyond the Cold Production Process-EOR
  • SAGD Application in Reservoirs with Depleted Gas Caps- SAGD

1999

  • Assessment of Heavy Oil Fluid Fathering System Alternatives
  • Increasing efficiency of Tank Cleaning in Heavy Oil Operations
  • Investigation of Mass-Transfer Mechanisms in VAPEX Process
  • VAPEX Refinery Upgrading Project
  • In Situ and Refinery Upgrading of VAPEX Heavy Oil Production (VAPEX Phase II)
  • Development of Full Project Engineering and Economics for VAPEX Process
  • Bio-upgrading for Heavy Crude Quality Improvement
  • Cyclic Waterflood Simulation Study –EOR
  • Role of Microbial Process on Sulfate-Enriched Tailings Deposits
  • Particle Flow Modelling of Oil Sands Excavation
  • Oil Sand Lump Size Estimation by 3-D Sensing
  • Novel Hardfacing Materials System for Oil Sands Industry
  • Online Air-content Determination and Analysis (OSADA) Technology for Oil Sands Slurry Pipelines
  • Production of Rutile Concentrate from Oil Sands Tailings
  • Field Pilot to Remove Pyrobitumen Blockage from Oil and Gas Reservoirs with the PRIstine Process

1998

  • Alternative Artificial Lift Systems for Heavy Oil Applications
  • Heavy Oil Annular Gas Compression Systems
  • PCP Run Life Improvement

1997

  • Artificial Lift Systems for Horizontal Thermal Heavy Oil Wells – Electric Submersible Pump (ESP) Information Sharing Project
  • Field Removal of Fine Solids from Heavy Oil/Water Systems – SRC

2013

  • Distributed Energy Efficiency Projects Platform Phase One

2008

  • Hydrogen Fuel Injection Unit (HFI) and Fuel Efficiency Data Collection and Measurement (2008-2007)

2005

  • R&D Oil and Gas Database

2002

  • Water in Crude Oil Emulsion/Study of the Stability of Micron Sized Water Droplets in a Continuous Oil Phase by Molecular Modelling-EOR
  • Supercritical Fluid Extraction
  • A Mechanistic Study on Foamed Gel Technology

2001

  • Improved Formation Evaluation of Carbonate Reservoirs-formation evaluation
  • Water Abatement in Gas Wells-Gar recovery
  • Gravity Stable Waterflooding-EOR

2000

  • Evaluation of Coiled Tubing Serviceability for Sour Service Applications- Production optimization
  • Progressive Cavity Pump Run-Life Improvement- production optimization
  • Enhanced Waterflooding using Toe-to-Heel Displacement-EOR
  • Seismic Velocity Anisotropy and Depth Imaging?
  • Gel-Foam Applications-EOR
  • Water Abatement in Gas Reservoirs-EGR

1999

  • Economically Beneficial Waste Gas Injection for Medium/Heavy Oil Depletion
  • Field Pilot for Water Abatement in Gas Reservoirs
  • Control of Water Coning in Gas/Oil Reservoirs
  • Low Cost, High Performance Diverting and Blocking

1998

  • Logging Tool Specific to Gas Detection?

1997

  • Cyclic Waterflooding Simulation – Epic Consulting
  • Sand Handling and Tank Cleaning – CFER/SRC

1996

  • Acid gas reinjection systems with University of Calgary

2011

2010

  • Shallow Gas Well De-watering Pump Consortium Phase One-Gar recovery

2009

2001

  • Treatment of Hydrocarbon Contaminated Water using Constructed Wetlands – Phase III

1999

  • 1999 Seismic Investigation of the Steen River Reservoir

2016

1998

  • Low Rate Cement Pumping Unit
  • Cement Selection for Squeeze Applications

ALBERTA UPSTREAM PETROLEUM RESEARCH FUND (AUPRF) PROJECTS

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  • Grizzly Bear Habitat Mapping and Modeling in Alberta (2004 – 2005)

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  • Foothills Model Forest Grizzly Bear Research Project (2001 – 2003)

2002

  • Caroline Animal Health Study
  • Recovery of Caribou Ranges in Alberta, Boreal & West Central
  • University of Alberta Protective Clothing Research

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  • AB Water Tool (2017 – 2020)
  • AB Water Tool – Water Use Reporting
  • Scientific Evaluation and Interpretation of Baseline Groundwater Well Testing Data Available for British Columbia
  • Alternative Water Source Life-Cycle Management Framework
  • Hydropti: A decision support tool for water management in oil and gas unconventional plays

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R&D Projects in conjunction with Coordination of University Research for Synergy and Effectiveness (COURSE):

2000

  • Characterization of Conventional Oil and Gas, Heavy Oil and Bitumen Formations using Low Field NMR Spectroscopy
  • Asphaltene Deposition
  • Intermetallic-Based Alloy Coatings on Steel Structures used in Oxidation, Sulphidization and Carburization Environments
  • Enhanced Oil Recovery by Unrease-Catalyzed, Microbial Calcium Carbonate Blocking
  • In-Line Multiphase Flow Meter Development
  • 2000 Performance Evaluation of Shale for Ensuring Hydraulic Isolation around Thermal Wellbores
  • A New Measurement while Drilling Surveying Technique Employing the Technology of Fiber Optic Gyroscope in a Strap-Down Inertial Navigation System
  • Improving Performance of High Temperature Fuel Cells
  • Combustion Enhancement and Emission Reduction form Flare Stacks Using Passive Jet-Flow Control
  • Optimization of Steam Generator Performance
  • Geotechnical Behaviour of Oil Sands Paste Tailings/Geotechnical Physics of Producing Thickened Tailings (Paste)
  • Development of New Technology to Improve the Equipment Utilization Rate in Mining Operations
  • Research into Cold (25oC) Conditioning of Oil Sands with Regard to Solids Reduction in Froth through Solvent/Demulsifier Nascent Froth and Naphtha/Paraffinic Diluent Prost-Production Froth Treatment Schemes
  • At Face Slurrying: Advancing Innovative Technology for Oil Sands Production
  • Impact of Residual Bitumen Removal Methods on the Separation of Heavy Minerals in the Oil Sands Tailings
  • Evaluation of Miscible and Submiscible Flue Gas Injection for Improved Recovery of Light Oils and Sequestering of Green House Gases

2001

  • Geomechanical – Reservoir Processes of Waste Injection (Disposal) into Unconsolidated Formations
  • Geological Controls on the Isotope Geochemistry of Formation Gases in the Alberta Oilfields
  • Foamy Oil Flow in Cold Production of Heavy Oil
  • Effect of Residual O2 in CO2 for a Miscible Flood/CO2 Sequestration Process
  • Seismic Monitoring for Enhanced Heavy Oil Recovery
  • Investigation of the Erosion-Corrosion Mechanisms in Slurry Flow
  • Intelligent Shovel Excavation in Varying Oil Sands Formation and Bitumen Content
  • Impact of Asphaltene Solvent Interaction on VAPEX Process
  • Scale-up of Dispersion Coefficients in VAPEX Process
  • A Microstructural Approach to Modelling Sand Production
  • Wireless Digital Sensors and Analysis Systems for Monitoring Petroleum Reservoirs
  • Fuel Cell for Conversion of Hydrogen Sulfide
  • Improving Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Operation Using Hydrocarbon Fuels

2002

  • Foamy Oil Flow Modeling Including Non Equilibrium and Mobility Effects
  • Catalytic Solutions for the Mitigation of Hydrocarbon GHG Emissions
  • Laboratory Testing of Novel Sealant for Field Trial Implementation
  • Extraction of Carbon Dioxide as Gas Hydrate from Flue Gases
  • Development of Models to Predict Significant Stress Corrosion Cracking of Pipeline Steels in Near Neutral pH Environments
  • Molecular Dynamics Simulation of Stress Corrosion Cracking
  • Exploration and Wear Corrosion Synergism and Development of Guidelines for Materials Selection and Design
  • Effect of Gas Pressure Induced Dilation on Permeability Change of Oil Sand and Surface Heave
  • Understanding Impact Generated Hydrocarbon Reservoirs
  • Controlled Gas Phase Combustion within Porous Media
  • Geostatistical Characterization of Naturally Fractured Reservoirs
  • Detection of Island Conditions for Distributed Generators
  • Application of Electron Microscopy Techniques in Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) Research
  • Fuel Cell for Conversion of Hydrogen Sulfide