The oil industry is seeking innovative methods to produce oil sands and heavy oil deposits at a profit, and with significantly less environmental impact than steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD), cyclic steam stimulation (CSS), or surface mining. To address this need, Acceleware Ltd. is developing a unique radio frequency (RF) heating technology, called RF XL, which is a materially new approach to mobilize heavy oil and bitumen that uses radio waves rather than steam.

The viscosity of heavy oil and bituminous oil sands is so high that it renders conventional production impossible at original reservoir conditions. There are several ways of reducing the oil viscosity, but the most popular and effective involves injection of heat into the reservoir, most often using steam. It is well known that viscosity reduction follows an exponential trend versus the temperature.

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