Acceleware Energizes RF XL Commercial Pilot
CALGARY, ALBERTA – March 9, 2022 - Acceleware Ltd. (“Acceleware” or the “Company”) (TSXV: AXE), a Canadian clean-tech innovator of radio frequency (RF) heating technologies, today announced that heating has commenced at its commercial-scale RF XL pilot project at Marwayne, Alberta (the “Pilot”). The achievement represents a landmark milestone in the execution of the Pilot and the demonstration of RF XL’s potential to efficiently produce heavy oil and bitumen through RF-based electrification.
The objectives of the Pilot are to validate the RF XL technology as a means to produce heavy oil and oil sands, as well as to provide preliminary validation of the sustainable economic benefits resulting from RF XL. RF XL is a next generation, patented, low-cost, non-aqueous recovery solution which could yield low-to-zero scope 1 and scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) by decarbonizing heavy oil and oil sands production.
“We are extremely pleased with the RF XL pilot progress to date. This commercial-scale test is the result of terrific innovation and determination, and is expected to prove out that decarbonization of Canadian oil production in the near term is not only viable but also highly economic. We believe RF-based electrification will play a very significant role in a successful energy transition for Alberta and for Canada. I am very excited for next steps,” said Geoff Clark, Acceleware’s CEO.
“We are excited to enter the final stage of our Marwayne pilot after many years of design and development work by the Acceleware team and our partners,” said Dr. Michal Okoniewski, Acceleware CSO. “Energizing the RF XL system for the first time is ground-breaking, and could bring terrific technological advancements to industry.”
The Pilot drilling and completions program began in August 2021, beginning with producer well spud, and culminating in producer well completion in December 2021.
Facilities construction commenced in December 2021, and included the installation of power lines, electrical house (e-house), and production equipment. Installation of remaining electrical and monitoring equipment for the heating well, final facility commissioning, and energization of the site was completed in January and February 2022. Commissioning of the e-house, including low- and high-voltage testing of the Clean Tech Inverter (Acceleware’s proprietary power inverter which converts electricity into RF energy and powers the system), as well as various control systems was also completed. All remaining permits were secured.
A power ramp-up phase has been designed for the initial RF XL heating period, where Acceleware plans to gradually increase power, pause heating intermittently to evaluate performance, and test the RF XL system as required. The team will use data from this initial phase to optimize operations, establish an operating baseline for the system, and identify design enhancements for future deployments. The data will also be used to refine the operating plan, going forward. Oil production capabilities resulting from heating will also be assessed.
While the initial RF XL 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. If proven successful, the Pilot will mark a world first for electrification of low-to-zero GHG heavy oil and oil sands production. 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 (ERA), Alberta Innovates, Broadview Energy, and three major oil sands partners, including Cenovus Energy.
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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