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June 19, 2007 - Edmonton

Researchers and industry will now have greater access to an invaluable technology for sustainable energy resource recovery with the purchase of a $1.2 million research x-ray computed tomography (CT) scanner by the Alberta Research Council (ARC).
The scanner provides high-resolution 3D images of the internal structure of items such as geological core samples, sand packs and mechanical devices. For example, engineers and geology staff at ARC will be able to see what happens inside a
sand pack when a new extraction process, such as using solvents to help the oil flow more easily, is applied.

Testing various methods and comparing the results will show oil sands and heavy oil companies which extraction process will best work for their reservoir to aid with reduced cost, enhanced extraction, reduced water usage and reduced energy input.

“The information this technology gives the research staff and their clients is invaluable to addressing today’s resource extraction needs,” says Ian Potter, vice-president of energy at the Alberta Research Council. “We’re very excited about how using this equipment will help companies evaluate their advanced extraction processes and find ways to use new sustainable technologies in the field.”

“This is a fine example of how ARC helps to transfer technology from the lab to industry,” says Doug Horner, Minister of Advanced Education and Technology. “Alberta's commitment to innovation will help ensure sustainable development and maximize the value of our non-renewable resources, building a stronger Alberta for generations to come.”

The scanner can be used in applications beyond the oil and gas industry, and ARC plans to work with other industries interested in the technology. For more information please visit www.arc.ab.ca or call (780) 450-5111.

The Alberta Research Council Inc. delivers innovative science and technology solutions that meet the priorities of industry and government in Alberta and beyond. Established in 1921, ARC is wholly-owned by the Government of Alberta and incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation. ARC operates in five facilities throughout Alberta, serving the energy; life sciences, including agriculture, environment, forestry, and health and wellness; and manufacturing sectors.
 

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For more information, please contact:

Jodi Tauber
Communications Advisor
Alberta Research Council Inc.
Phone : (780) 450-5062

Ian Potter
Vice President, Energy
Alberta Research Council Inc.
250 Karl Clark Road
Edmonton, AB, T6N 1E4
Phone : (780) 450-5401