RDC, Hibernia invest $3M to enhance oil recovery research at Memorial University

Facility will support research to identify new oil recovery activities.

June 10, 2013   by PLANT STAFF

ST. JOHN’S, NL – The Research & Development Corp. of Newfoundland and Labrador (RDC) and the Hibernia Management and Development Company Ltd. (HDMC) are investing more than $3 million to develop an enhanced oil recovery research facility at Memorial University’s St. John’s campus.

Research efforts in the new laboratory will focus on enhanced oil recovery, which is utilized to increase the amount of crude oil extracted from an oil field and extend the field life. Funding from RDC and HMDC will advance research and development (R&D) capacity at Memorial.

“The new building, its equipment and staff will support research into enhanced oil recovery, which is critical to the continued success of the province and the industry,” said Jamie Long, president HMDC. “Our ultimate goal is to increase oil recovery offshore Newfoundland and Labrador.”

The research laboratory will be house at Memorial University’s Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation.


Lesley James, an assistant professor of process engineering and the Chevron Chair in Petroleum Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Memorial University, is the principal investigator of the new EOR laboratory. Her research expertise centres on the recovery of oil and gas offshore Newfoundland and Labrador.

“Construction of the Hibernia Enhanced Oil Recovery Laboratory is underway and, once complete, it will house state-of-the-art experimental equipment allowing us to perform enhanced oil recovery experiments at reservoir conditions. The laboratory will enable pore- and core-scale experimental investigations along with the ability to measure fluid, rock and fluid-rock properties,” she explains.

The RDC is a provincial Crown corporation responsible for improving Newfoundland and Labrador’s research and development performance. It works with research and development stakeholders including business, academia and government agencies and departments to make investments in research and development.

Hibernia Management and Development Company Ltd. is the operator of the Hibernia field which began petroleum production on the Grand Banks off Newfoundland and Labrador in 1997. HMDC is owned jointly by ExxonMobil Canada (33.125%), Chevron Canada Resources (26.875%), Suncor Energy (20%), Canada Hibernia Holding Corporation (8.5%), Murphy Oil (6.5%) and Statoil Canada Ltd. (5%).

Founded in 1925, Memorial University is currently the largest post secondary institution in Atlantic Canada with more than 19,000 students.

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