Providing Reliable Heat and Cleaner Production
Acceleware's RF XL is a transformative innovation that uses radio frequency ("RF") energy to heat and mobilize heavy oil and bitumen, resulting in dramatically cleaner and lower-cost production relative to traditional steam-based processes such as steam-assisted gravity drainage ("SAGD").
Since 2010, Acceleware has executed an extensive research and development program and has successfully proven the patented and patent-pending RF XL process in field testing. All findings indicate that RF XL technology can supply reliable heat to oil sands and heavy oil reservoirs safely and efficiently at the lowest cost and with the lowest carbon emissions. RF XL eliminates fresh water use, has a very small physical footprint and is scalable in 'bite-sized' pieces, which can significantly reduce the initial investment typically required for new thermal projects.
Acceleware has continued to test and refine the engineering of surface and sub-surface components for its commercial RF XL test, slated for early 2021.
RF XL is versatile
RF XL can be implemented as an expansion to an existing SAGD project, allowing operators to increase production while reducing their emissions intensity. RF XL can also be implemented as a new greenfield project, where it can eliminate the requirement for steam plants and fresh water. The RF XL technology is simple and quick to deploy, allowing heavy oil operators to compete with short cycle resource development such as light tight oil multi-stage frac plays. Global heavy oil deposits represent an addressable market of over 8 trillion barrels of oil.
Acceleware believes that our RF XL process can be fully commercialized and available on the market by 2023.
How RF XL Works
The RF XL process uses electromagnetic energy to generate heat, which converts the water already existing within the oil sands reservoir to steam, mobilizing the bitumen and allowing it to flow to the producing well. Acceleware's RF XL process, coupled with new software advancements, involves the drilling of two RF heating lines into the target zone and their connection to a surface power supply. RF XL does not require the injection of steam into the target zone eliminating the need for water source wells, water treatment equipment, and steam generators, nor does it use costly chemicals or solvents. In addition to the obvious OPEX and CAPEX savings, RF XL can immediately reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions compared to SAGD or other steam-based heavy oil or bitumen extraction processes.
For more details, download our white paper, "How RF XL can Profitably Produce Oil Sands and Heavy Oil with Low Environmental Impacts"