Education & training and research and development fund

As a part of our development and operation of the Deep Panuke offshore natural gas project we are committed to funding the advancement of education, training, research and development in relation to offshore petroleum resource activities in Nova Scotia. These funds are administered by Encana as directed by the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (CNSOPB).

Research and development

Encana funds research projects and has funded four Calls for Proposals under themes relevant to offshore oil and gas development. To be eligible for funding, among other requirements, research activities must take place in Nova Scotia.

Projects

Among the funded projects are:

  • At Acadia University, research on the interactions between birds and offshore natural gas installations. See Sable Island Gulls.
  • A study on lifeboat loading during offshore drilling operations. The study was conducted by Survival Systems Training Ltd.

Calls for proposals

Call Four - Environment

The Call Notice was launched in November 2012 with awards granted in the spring of 2013.

The successful proposals are:

  • Research led by the Ocean Tracking Network at Dalhousie University that aims to understand blue shark behaviour and ecosystem health in the Atlantic Ocean. To learn more about the study, visit the Dalhousie media webpage.
  • At Stantec Consulting Limited in Dartmouth, NS, in collaboration with experts at Dalhousie University, research to develop a state-of-the-art model for natural gas release and dispersion from offshore wells. Visit the Stantec website to learn more about the research.
  • At Akoostix Inc. in Dartmouth, NS, research on passive acoustic monitoring that aims to develop better ways to track whales offshore. Learn more about the research.
  • At St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, NS, research led by Dr. David Risk on innovative fiber optic sensors for detecting dissolved natural gas near the seafloor. Click here to learn more about the research.

Call Three - Offshore Geosciences

The Call Notice was launched in November 2011 with awards granted in 2012 to:

  • At Saint Mary's University, research led by Dr. Andrew MacRae to study the palynology and geochemistry of offshore salt and related Late Triassic and Mid Jurassic rocks.
  • At Saint Mary's University, research led by Dr. Georgia Pe Piper on reservoir quality and sediment delivery aimed at building on the Province of Nova Scotia's Play Fairway Analysis.

To learn more about the research taking place at Saint Mary's University, visit their website.

Call Two - Offshore Safety and Risk

The Call Notice (PDF) was launched in November 2010 with awards granted in late 2011.

The successful proposals are:

  • At Saint Mary's University, research led by Mark Fleming that aims to develop new methods to assist oil and gas companies operating offshore to better monitor and positively influence the safety culture. This collaborative research project will draw on expertise from across the offshore industry both locally and internationally. For more information on Dr. Fleming’s research, visit Saint Mary’s University.
  • At Helly Hansen Canada Limited in Dartmouth, NS, research to study clothing system improvements to provide added safety for offshore helicopter transport suit wearers.
  • At Pro-Oceanus Systems Inc. in Bridgewater, NS, research to develop a new sensor aimed at quickly and accurately measuring the presence of hydrogen sulphide on an offshore platform.
  • At Survival Systems Training Limited in Dartmouth, NS, research led by Michael Taber to examine the effect of training on Helicopter Underwater Emergency Breathing Apparatus (HUEBA) performance under realistic conditions. The HUEBA provides users with additional breathable air.
  • At Survival Systems Training Limited in Dartmouth, NS, research led by Michael Taber to develop and test an offshore-specific emergency response protocol for hydrogen sulphide training.
  • At Dalhousie University, research led by John Kozey and his collaborators using new 3-D scanning technology to measure the body characteristics of offshore workers. This information could be used for workspace design as well as fitting workers in the survival suits used for transport by offshore helicopter.

Call One - Engineering

The Call Notice (PDF) was launched in late 2009 with awards granted in August 2010.

The successful proposals are:

  • At Saint Mary's University, research led by Jason Clyburne to develop inexpensive designer chemicals called ionic liquids to safely and efficiently remove carbon dioxide from gaseous industrial emissions. For more information on Dr. Clyburne’s research, visit Saint Mary’s University.
  • At St. Francis Xavier University, research led by Truis Smith-Palmer to design a new non-toxic and cost effective coating using biomimetics (mimicking the surface structure of marine organisms that avoid fouling) for applications on subsea instrumentation and other submerged surfaces. See the St. Francis Xavier University news release.
  • GeoSpectrum Technologies of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, for a research project to develop a viable alternative technology to replace air guns for conducting marine seismic surveys. For more information on the project, see the GeoSpectrum Technologies Inc website.

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