Innovative Energy Technologies Program (IETP) Success Stories

IETP supports innovative technology development in the energy industry. The following samples are just some of the success stories in the IETP that pave the way for future development. Annual reports are confidential for two years then as a condition of funding under the program they are published publicly.  Industry can learn from the successful projects that continue to be supported and they can also find valuable information and data in the projects that did not achieve their objectives.

     Project 01-023

Also known as the Taber S, alkali-surfactant-polymer flood or ASP it uses enhanced oil recovery (EOR) to recover more oil from wells that were considered depleted. Polymer flooding is a type of EOR that has been used for the past four decades.U.S. Department of Energy ASP illustration

Funding from IETP has supported the first field wide alkali-surfactant-polymer flood (ASP) in Canada. The Taber S, ASPexternal link icon has projected incremental royalties of more than $60 million.

IETP funding directly supported;
• Polymer improvements
• Enhanced additives
• Injection scheme development              Photo courtesy of  U.S. Department of Energy
• Continued growth in the technology
• And improvement to water treatment technologies

In 2011, A preliminary report was commissioned about IETP projects using polymersPDF icon . The report shows that the anticipated incremental recovery from polymer flooding would amount to around an additional 45,000 barrels per day of production over the next 20 years. That is a reserve addition of around 300 million barrels of oil. 

     Project 02 - 034

Photo of Christina Lake from the Air courtesy of Cenovus Also known as the Christina Lake Air Re-Pressurization
project, solves an issue that is unique to Alberta's bitumen producing regions,
Gas over bitumen.

When natural gas pools are found above bitumen reservoirs, development of the resources can be complicated.

Photo courtesy of
Cenovus Energy.


IETP funding was used to support the Cenovus Energy Christina Lake Air Re-Pressurization projectexternal link icon which utilizes air injection to safely and effectively manage the pressures within the gas zone overlying an active Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD)external link icon  bitumen recovery project. 

Through this and other active projects Gas over Bitumen projects, it was determined that gas and bitumen recovery operations schemes (SAGD) can co-exist be effectively operated in communication with an overlying gas zone as long as the system is in close pressure balance. Alberta Energy commissioned an AuditPDF icon of the process. Technology that allows for improved performance multiple resources from a single areas translates to more royalties for Albertans.