NSERC AITF/i-CORE INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH CHAIR
IN MODELLING FUNDAMENTALS OF UNCONVENTIONAL RESOURCES (FUR)
The NSERC AITF/i-CORE Industrial Research Chair (IRC) in Modelling Fundamentals of Unconventional Resource at the University of Calgary is headed by Dr. Apostolos Kantzas. It builds on the outcomes of the CRC in Energy and Imaging. The Chair studies conventional heavy oil (non-thermal recovery processes), bitumen in oil sand (fundamental property identification: wettability, capillary pressure, relative permeability, and dispersion phenomena for steam-bitumen, solvent-bitumen and steam-solvent-bitumen systems) and bitumen in carbonates (comparison to clastics and characterization of multiple porosity systems). The primary objectives have been identified by industry and aligned with public sector priorities:
There are three secondary objectives:
Kantzas held the CRC in Energy and Imaging for the past ten years and had supplementary funding from a consortium (established 2001) of oil and gas companies, who have participated for 10 years. The CRC tenure ended in 2011. As the Chair of this program, the PI fosters opportunities for sharing outcomes from interrelated areas of work by opening bimonthly and annual technical presentations to these various groups and programs. Due to the fundamental nature of this research the overall scientific quality of the research around unconventional energy resources is enhanced through this technology transfer process.