Acceleware Ltd. Announces Commercial-Scale Test of Innovative RF XL Technology with Prosper Petroleum
CALGARY, Alberta – July 17, 2018 – Acceleware completed a multi-faceted partner selection process in which several major, mid-size and smaller operator candidates were assessed. Prosper’s sound technical capability, excellent operational experience and an optimal test reservoir in Alberta’s most widely-produced oil sands resulted in a high ranking across numerous selection criteria. In addition, several logistical factors supported a quick deployment at Rigel: the recent approval by the Alberta Energy Regulator for the development of a new SAGD facility on the Rigel leases which Prosper plans to complete as soon as possible; and Prosper’s existing surface infrastructure. The review and partner selection process were undertaken with input from the Acceleware Advisory Board.
“Because of its expected economic and environmental benefits, producers have been looking to harness RF energy as a means to mobilize oil sands and heavy oil reservoirs for more than 50 years,” said Mike Tourigny, Acceleware’s VP Commercialization RF Heating. “We believe we are on the verge of realizing the full potential of this technology once it is successfully deployed at Rigel”.
The Test will build on Acceleware’s 1/20th scale test through deployment of a commercial-scale (1,000 meter) prototype RF XL system at a depth of approximately 424 metres. Key operational aspects of the technology will be tested, including efficiency and oil production rates. The initial heating phase will run for six months using a two-megawatt prototype generator developed with Acceleware’s partner, General Electric, using its proprietary Silicon Carbide technology. Upon the completion of the initial six-month heating phase, Acceleware and Prosper may elect to continue the RF XL test.
Acceleware (www.acceleware.com) is an innovator of clean-tech oil and gas technologies comprised of two business units: Radio Frequency (RF) Enhanced Oil Recovery; and Seismic Imaging Software and Software Acceleration Services.
Acceleware is developing RF XL and Modular RF, its patented and patent-pending low-cost, low-carbon production technologies for heavy oil and oil sands that are materially different from any heavy oil recovery technique used today. They will use no water, require no solvent, have a small physical footprint, can be redeployed from site to site, and can be adapted to a multitude of reservoir types, while expected to greatly reduce and eventually eliminate production greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs). In shallow oil sands implementations, no tailings ponds will be required.
Our seismic imaging software solutions are state of the art for high fidelity imaging, providing the most accurate and advanced imaging available for oil exploration in complex geologies. Acceleware’s professional services team accelerates computationally intense applications for clients to speed up product design, analyze data and help them make better business decisions.
Acceleware is a public company on Canada’s TSX Venture Exchange under the trading symbol “AXE”.
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About Prosper Petroleum
Prosper Petroleum is a private upstream oil and gas company headquartered in Calgary Alberta. The company has land holdings in Alberta and Saskatchewan and is mainly focused on heavy oil and oil sands. The company owns mineral rights in both provinces in excess of 100,000 acres.
Prosper’s flagship property is an oil sands lease located in the Athabasca Oil Sands area. Prosper acquired the property in 2012 and has conducted two oil sands evaluation programs consisting of stratigraphic wells and 3-D seismic. The results of these programs have shown an oil-in-place volume of more than 500 MM bbls.
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The forward-looking information in this press release can be identified by terms such as “anticipates”, “believes” “potential”, “would” and “will”, and includes information about the obligations of the parties under the Agreement, the expectations for future intellectual property development and the commercial availability of RF XL technology, as well as the anticipated benefits of that technology, the ability to conclude agreements with funding sources, and the likelihood of Acceleware raising additional capital. Acceleware assumes that the current research and development effort including the commercial-scale test plans will result in commercial -ready products, that Acceleware will conclude the necessary agreements, and that future capital raising efforts will be successful.
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