ST. JOHN'S, NL, June 10, 2013 /CNW/ - To support research and identify
new ways to optimize oil recovery, the Research & Development
Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador (RDC) and the Hibernia
Management and Development Company Ltd. (HDMC) are investing $1.635-
and $1.7-million respectively for the creation of a state-of-the-art
enhanced oil recovery research facility at Memorial University's St.
"Investing in research to maximize the potential of resources in our
offshore will have direct economic benefits for Newfoundland and
Labrador," said the Honourable Keith Hutchings, minister responsible
for the Research & Development Corporation. "Our province's academic
community and oil and gas leaders are researching new technologies to
extract additional resources from current and future oil fields.
Collaboration between government, industry and academia will continue
to support an environment that enhances the competitive advantage of
Research efforts in the new laboratory will focus on enhanced oil
recovery, which is utilized to increase the amount of crude oil
extracted from an oil field and extend the field life. Funding from RDC
and HMDC will advance research and development (R&D) capacity at
"RDC continues to support collaborative R&D between academia and
business by investing in the highly-qualified researchers, innovative
research and world-class infrastructure required to advance our
development opportunities", said Glenn Janes, CEO, RDC. "Building new
research labs and facilities is critical to expanding our R&D capacity,
and strengthening our long-term economic performance and global
competitiveness. Applied EOR research represents a strategic investment
that is critical to sustaining economic prosperity in Newfoundland and
Today's investment from HMDC is in addition to their investment of more
than $11 million to fund the purchase of laboratory equipment and
research into enhanced oil recovery announced in Dec. 2012.
Through its CollaborativeR&D program, RDC's funding is designed to
foster R&D partnerships between academic researchers and industry.
"The new building, its equipment and staff will support research into
enhanced oil recovery, which is critical to the continued success of
the province and the industry," said Jamie Long, president HMDC. "Our
ultimate goal is to increase oil recovery offshore Newfoundland and
The investments will create a world-class research laboratory in
Memorial University's Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation.
"The support from RDC and HMDC will enable Memorial to build on our
strengths in enhanced oil recovery," said Dr. Gary Kachanoski,
president and vice-chancellor, Memorial University of Newfoundland.
"The support we receive from the offshore industry, in partnership with
the provincial government, is enabling us to develop expertise and
infrastructure that will be unmatched in this country. I am confident
that the research completed in the EOR laboratory will have a positive
impact on enhanced oil recovery capacity and the province as a whole."
Dr. Lesley James, an assistant professor of process engineering and the
Chevron Chair in Petroleum Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering
and Applied Science at Memorial University, is the principal
investigator of the new EOR laboratory. Her research expertise centres
on the recovery of oil and gas offshore Newfoundland and Labrador.
"Construction of the Hibernia Enhanced Oil Recovery Laboratory is
underway and, once complete, it will house state-of-the-art
experimental equipment allowing us to perform enhanced oil recovery
experiments at reservoir conditions. The laboratory will enable pore-
and core-scale experimental investigations along with the ability to
measure fluid, rock and fluid-rock properties," explained Dr. James.
About Research and Development Corporation
The Research & Development Corporation is a provincial Crown corporation
responsible for improving Newfoundland and Labrador's research and
development performance. RDC works with research and development
stakeholders including business, academia and government agencies and
departments to make strategic research and development related
investments in people, research opportunities and infrastructure. For
more information about RDC, go to www.rdc.org
About Hibernia Management and Development Company Ltd.
Hibernia Management and Development Company Ltd. (HMDC) is the operator
of the Hibernia field which began petroleum production on the Grand
Banks off Newfoundland and Labrador in November 1997. HMDC is owned
jointly by ExxonMobil Canada (33.125%), Chevron Canada Resources
(26.875%), Suncor Energy (20%), Canada Hibernia Holding Corporation
(8.5%), Murphy Oil (6.5%) and Statoil Canada Ltd. (5%).
About Memorial University
Founded in 1925 as a memorial to Newfoundland's war dead, Memorial
University College was elevated to degree-granting status in 1949 as
Memorial University of Newfoundland. Today, the university is the
largest in Atlantic Canada, with about 19,000 students. Memorial
provides excellent undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in
virtually all disciplines. With locations in St. John's and Corner
Brook in Newfoundland, Happy Valley-Goose Bay in Labrador, and Harlow
in England, Memorial is committed to experiential learning.
Outstanding research and scholarship, extraordinary teaching and
learning, and a focus on public engagement are the university's
hallmarks. Many teaching and research activities reflect our mid-North
Atlantic locations; these unique settings and our cultural heritage
have led to the creation of highly-regarded academic programs and
specialized facilities in areas such as business, music, linguistics,
folklore and human genetics, as well as earth sciences, cold-ocean
engineering, rural health care and archaeology. For more information
about Memorial University of Newfoundland, please visit www.mun.ca.
SOURCE: Research & Development Corporation
For further information:
Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
Memorial University of Newfoundland
(709) 864-8287, 691-5027
Research & Development Corporation
Director of Communications
Department of Innovation, Business
and Rural Development
(709) 729-4570, 697-4137