Acceleware Kicks off Marwayne RF XL Commercial Pilot Drilling Program
CALGARY, ALBERTA – August 17, 2021 – Acceleware Ltd. (“Acceleware” or the “Company”) (TSXV: AXE), a leading developer of electrification technology targeting low-cost, low-carbon and clean extraction of heavy oil and bitumen, today announces that the Company has kicked off the drilling and completions program of the commercial-scale RF XL pilot project at Marwayne, Alberta (the “Pilot”), representing a major milestone in the execution of the Pilot.
Akita Drilling Ltd.’s Rig 29 moved onto the Marwayne site August 9, 2021. The RF XL producer well was spudded on August 12, 2021, followed by the heating well on August 13, 2021. Spud to completion of both the heating well and the producer well, barring unforeseen delays, is expected by late Q3. Facility installation will commence immediately thereafter, and RF XL heating starting shortly after final commissioning. While the initial heating phase is planned for approximately six months, this period may be extended to allow Acceleware to capture additional information on the efficiency and operation of the technology.
“Acceleware’s RF XL is designed to become an electrification work-horse for the clean energy transition,” said Laura McIntyre, project lead and CTO of Acceleware. “Our team, alongside multiple expert partners, has performed an incredible amount of design, planning and de-risking to get to where we are today – we are very excited to deploy this technology and to further prove out its feasibility at commercial scale.”
Partners involved in the drilling and completions program of the Pilot include Halliburton, Akita Drilling Ltd., Tristar Resource Management Ltd., Weatherford Canada Ltd., CES Energy Solutions, Precise Downhole Solutions, Tenaris, Stream-Flo Industries Ltd., Pro Pipe Service, Variperm Energy Services Inc., among others.
“We are excited to work with innovators that think outside the box,” said John Gorman, Halliburton VP Canada and West Coast USA. “Working toward a next generation technological solution is a critical step toward a low-carbon future.”
Colin Dease, Canadian Division President of Akita Drilling Ltd., added, “we are very pleased to play a role in Acceleware’s electrification pilot drilling program. The potential to eliminate or materially reduce GHG emissions from the extraction of heavy oil and bitumen could be a game changer for Canada’s oil sands.”
Acceleware’s RF XL electromagnetic heating technology is designed to generate zero scope 1 and scope 2 GHG emissions when it is powered entirely by renewable electricity, nuclear, or other clean power sources. In addition, RF XL eliminates the need for fresh water, which in turn means fewer surface facilities and less land disturbance, offering a cleaner and more sustainable solution to meet the world’s growing demand for energy. With a successful Pilot and subsequent commercialization, numerous potential environmental benefits could be realized by oil sands producers deploying
RF XL, and the Company anticipates highly skilled job creation as well as skilled jobs transition opportunities, including jobs for Indigenous peoples.
Acceleware’s Marwayne Pilot is supported by Sustainable Development Technology Canada, Emissions Reduction Alberta, Alberta Innovates, and three major oil sands partners.
For further information about the Pilot, to review prior news releases and learn more about Acceleware’s innovative RF XL technology, please visit the Company’s website at acceleware.com.
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.
Acceleware is developing RF XL, its patented low-cost, low-carbon production technology for heavy oil and oil sands that is materially different from any heavy oil recovery technique used today. Acceleware's vision is that electrification of heavy oil and oil sands production can be made possible through RF XL, supporting a transition to much cleaner energy production that can quickly bend the emissions curve downward. Further, Acceleware’s RF XL technology could be a key component of an end-to-end integrated carbon management system that can eliminate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with heavy oil and oil sands production, whether for fossil fuels, or for future clean bitumen by-products such as petrochemicals, carbon fibre, and blue or green hydrogen production. RF XL uses no water, requires no solvent, has a small physical footprint, can be redeployed from site to site, and can be applied to a multitude of reservoir types. In shallow oil sands implementations, no tailings ponds will be required.
Acceleware has partnered with Saa Dene Group (co-founded by Jim Boucher) to create Acceleware | Kisâstwêw to raise the profile, adoption, and value of Acceleware technologies. The shared vision of the partnership is to improve the environmental and economic performance of the energy sector by supporting ideals that are important to Indigenous peoples, including respect for land, water, and clean air.
The Company’s 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 is a public company listed on Canada’s TSX Venture Exchange under the trading symbol “AXE”.
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