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    Novel Hydrocarbon Extraction

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    Theme Opportunities

    Novel Hydrocarbon Extraction technology has the potential to reshape the way the oil and gas industry operates. Industry is constantly evaluating new and better methods to develop resources, and our goal is to find ways to make that process faster.

    The Novel Hydrocarbon Extraction working group is focused on developing solutions to access and produce hydrocarbons while decreasing the environmental footprint of development, including well architectures/completions and artificial lift in all reservoirs.

    Focus Areas

    • Oilsands In Situ: Low emission extraction through transformative technologies such as solvent-dominated processes, electromagnetic heating, or subsurface heat generation

    • Heavy Oil: Technologies that improve extraction in worm-holed reservoirs, including thermal, solvent, chemical, or CO2 EOR projects for cold heavy oil production with sand (CHOPS) that emphasize gas capture vs. methane venting

    • Light/Tight: Gas, CO2, Huff and Puff or other floods that help move beyond primary production to EOR methods that minimize declines, re-fracturing or down-spacing

    • Oilsands Mining/Extraction: Material handling, aqueous / non-aqueous extraction through solvent or other novel processes for mined oilsands to reduce tailings, GHG emissions, and water consumption, allowing for timely reclamation after closure

    • Technologies or downhole treatments that can be applied to restart/reinvigorate shut-in wells and/or minimize new disturbance by leveraging existing footprints

    Tech Leader

    Stephen Arseniuk

    Director Innovation & New Opportunities


    Novel hydrocarbon extraction is a way of reimagining how we produce oil and gas in Canada; through collaboration we can improve efficiency, profitability and sustainability.

    Tech Theme Highlights

    Talent: Challenge perspectives on innovative technologies for biofuel production and sustainable environmental management

    CRIN has collaborated with COSIA and the University of Calgary on the following:
    • 'Enabling High Performance Multi-Lateral Wells' webinars and a white paper.

    • Co-authoring 'Accelerating Novel Hydrocarbon Recovery Technology Development and Innovation' which identifies and prioritizes optimal practices and processes, builds and develops relationships between stakeholders, and develops a roadmap

    CRIN is also collaborating with GeoLogic, COSIA, the Canadian Heavy Oil Association and GLJ Consulting on a webinar series to identify sector and producer needs and emerging solutions for Novel Hydrocarbon Extraction focus areas.

    Webinars & Presentations

    • CO2 Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR): A New Perspective? Event Recording (March 20, 2024)
    • General Energy Recovery Inc. (GERI) | Journey & Learnings - Event Recording (March 5, 2024)
    • Enabling Digital Technology for Extraction and Production - Event Recording (April 24, 2024)
    • Accelerating Innovation - CRIN Event Recording (March 25, 2021)
      Members Only
    • Collaboration for Innovation Webinar event recording (June 22, 2021)
      Members Only
    • Enabling High Performance Multilateral Wells: Current Technologies and Gaps Event Recording (November 17, 2021)
      Members Only
    • IP Barriers to Innovation in Oil & Gas (Dec. 2, 2020)
      Members Only
    • Accelerating Novel Recovery Technologies Workshop - Event Recording (October 11, 2023)
      Members Only
    • Navigating the Evolving Landscape: Strategies for Sustainable Hydrocarbon Extraction Investments - event recording (November 16, 2023)
      Members Only


    • Accelerating Hydrocarbon Recovery Tech
      Members Only
    • Existing Challenges and Gaps Roadmap
      Members Only
    • Stakeholder Performance Checklist for Accelerating Technology Development
      Members Only
    • Special Report: Accelerating Novel Hydrocarbon Recovery Technology Development And Innovation