U of S researchers awarded $2 million to develop cleaner oilsands technology
Posted December 03, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 3, 2010
Oilsands companies may soon get greener, thanks to a federal and provincial investment of more than $2 million announced today for a promising new technology being developed by researchers at the University of Saskatchewan Toxicology Centre.
The investment is being made through Western Economic Diversification Canada and Enterprise Saskatchewan, through the Canada-Saskatchewan Western Economic Partnership Agreement (WEPA), with an in-kind contribution by the U of S.
Led by environmental toxicologist John Giesy, the team is working with the International Petroleum & Environmental Recovery Company (IPERC) to further develop IPERC’s technology, San-Tek 2000. The technology separates bitumen from oilsands and minimizes water and energy use in the extraction process. This technology promises to reduce both economic and environmental costs of oilsands development.
San-Tek 2000 has already proved effective in a lab setting. The U of S-led team plans to bring the technology up to pilot plant stage to determine if it can be scaled up to serve the needs of full industrial production.
Under the agreement, the federal and provincial governments are each investing $1,017,850. The University of Saskatchewan is contributing $274,000 in-kind. This three-year project will create five jobs.
A full media release and backgrounder is available at the Western Economic Development website at www.wd-deo.gc.ca.
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For more information, contact:
Office of the Minister
Western Economic Diversification Canada
Tel: (306) 798-0503
University of Saskatchewan
Tel: (306) 966-1425