Portfolio

Tight Oil and Shale Gas Innovation Network and Roadmap

Lead facilitator of the identification of technology development opportunities to improve the economic and environmental sustainability in the hydraulic fracturing sector. Innovation to provide sound ways to increased production while being as mindful of the environment with leading edge technology. (PTAC; 2017)

Innovation in Small and Medium Enterprises

Assistance is provided to small and medium size technology companies in the petroleum sector by advising on potential technology benefits and supporting field demonstration projects. (National Research Council IRAP and PTAC. 2012-current)

Pipeline Abandonment Research

Management of a research program to generate engineering and scientific facts related to abandoned transmission pipelines in collaboration with the Canadian Energy Pipelines Association and the National Energy Board. (PTAC; current)

Pipeline Engineering Center

Development of detailed research proposals and associated infrastructure for corrosion prevention and advanced leak detection technologies in pipelines. (University of Calgary; current)

Evaluation of Technology Projects

Technical review expert and evaluation of projects for Sustainable Technology Development Canada. (Current)

Adding Value to Natural Gas and Petrochemicals

Proposal to provide technical support and expertise to strategy development. (Canadian Consultancy; 2016)

Petroleum Technology Demonstration Projects

Management of 7 demonstration projects funded by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) concerning air emissions - three oil companies and three technology providers to reduce emissions for well sites. Steam generation, Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD), hydraulic fracturing and water treatment - with total project costs exceeding $5 million. includes the vendor of the technology and the end users.  The cost is shared to demonstrate how it operates in the real world, around the clock in all types of weather. (PTAC; 2015-16).

Oil Sands Non-aqueous Extraction Technology Review

Detailed review and analysis of past/current research programs with respect to outcomes and prospects for renewed research investments. (NRCan; 2015)

Oil Sands Technology Roadmap

Consultations with industry and governments regarding interest, scope and funding of a second edition of the Oil Sands Technology Roadmap. This was a delicate negotiation of all stakeholders to see the value of working together. (NRCan; 2015)

Clean Bitumen Technology Action Plan

Active participant and facilitator. CBTAP is a fact based facilitated process involving multiple stakeholders from industry/government, and experts from oil sands technical/environmental disciplines. It involves reviewing existing technologies and studies to identify gaps, hosting workshops focusing on priorities and opportunities, and launching a number of technology innovation projects for an enhanced way of managing this process in industry. (PTAC; current)

Petroleum Emissions Reduction and Energy Efficiency Projects

Project management of a suite of projects to improve energy efficiency and reduce emissions from conventional oil and gas operations.  This included the technical deliverables while maintaining an engaged and productive team. (PTAC; 2012-current)

Pipeline Research Infrastructure Project

Development of a research program and associated infrastructure for corrosion prevention and advanced leak detection technologies in pipelines. (University of Calgary, 2014)

Geospatial Technologies

Earth observation, remote sensing and deployment of sensors on unmanned or robotic platforms have the potential to vastly improve petroleum operations. A portfolio of geospatial technology project is managed in collaboration with industry and government partners. (Government of Alberta and PTAC, 2012-current)

Pipeline Innovation Roadmap

The roadmap is a blueprint for innovation in pipeline technologies, focusing on the twin tracks of prevention and mitigation and will allow industry and government to align and collaborate in technology investments. (Canadian Energy Pipeline Association, Government of Alberta, University of Calgary and PTAC, 2012-14)

Hydraulic Fracturing Practices

Current practices for multi-stage hydraulic fracturing were reviewed and documents. This technology has revolutionized oil and gas markets and the prospects for future growth and deployment were discussed. (Government of Alberta and PTAC, 2013)

Energy Research Strategy

Support to the development and finalization of the Energy Research Strategy of the University of Calgary (2013)

CO2 Capture, Storage and Utilization

Support and co-management of a multi-stakeholder research project into the optimization of CO2 purity specifications for full value chain from capture to utilization or storage. (PTAC and the Integrated CO2 Network, 2010-14)

Impact of Nanotechnology in Alberta

Nanotechnology is one of the fundamental opportunities of our time. The Governments of Canada and Alberta have invested early in research and enabling infrastructure. The purpose of this assignment is to identify the applications with the highest economic, social and environmental impact in Alberta by 2020. A series of 7 workshops were hosted and an industry technology roadmap was written. (Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures, nanoAlberta, University of Alberta and THECIS, 2010-13)

Carbon Capture and Storage Research

Preparation of the final report summarizing 5 years of research in carbon capture and storage, including natural sciences and engineering, economic and environmental analyses, and public acceptance and outreach.  (University of Calgary and Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy, 2012)

Infrastructure for Pipeline Safety and Security

Pipelines are a vital nation-wide network for the transportation of energy products. The sector has been thrust into increased public scrutiny by a number of recent well publicized incidents. This assignment involved defining research questions and the necessary infrastructure to deliver technologies for enabling a leap forward in reliability, safety and security. (University of Calgary and the Pipeline Engineering Centre, 2011-12)

Light Tight Oil and Shale Gas

New hydraulic fracturing technologies are revolutionizing oil and natural gas production. Natural gas from shale has now flooded markets, depressing prices and opening export opportunities. After decades of decline, light oil production is now increasing again. The enabling technologies are still at an early stage and much development remains to be done to improve effectiveness and reduce environmental impact. The purpose of this program is to launch the technology innovation projects needed by industry. (Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada, 2011-current)

Hot Water Vapor Process (HWVP) Field Trial

Development of scope, technical requirements, and joint venture funding and governance for the field trial of HWVP, a new technology proposed by PTAC in collaboration with Portfire and New Paradigm for follow-up recovery of heavy oil in Western Canada (Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada, Governments of Alberta and Saskatchewan, and major heavy oil producers, 2008-12)

Oil Sands Environmental Impact Assessment

Review of technology, water, air and environmental approval aspects of the Integrated Application for two proposed oil sands SAGD projects in Athabasca. (IRIS Environmental Systems and Alberta Environment, 2010-12)

Preparation of Corporate Plans and Annual Report

The Canada School of Energy and Environment is a Centre of Excellence for technology and policy aimed at clean energy, a healthy environment and sustainable prosperity. It is a unique institution that fills a gap for conveying, facilitating and coordinating participants at the intersection of government, industry and academia.  The work involved preparation of the five-year Corporate Plans for 2009 and 2010 and the annual report for 2010. (Canada School of Energy and Environment, 2009-11)

Research Program Development and Annual Report

Carbon Management Canada is a nation-wide, university-led, multidisciplinary research network. Its mandate is to develop the game-changing technologies and the business, social and policy frameworks necessary to rapidly reduce carbon emissions associated with fossil fuel production and utilization. CMC integrates partners from industry and from the provincial and federal governments with a team of nearly 150 of Canada's top researchers from 26 academic research institutions in nine provinces. This assignment involved the scoping, preparation and completion of CMC's first call for proposals, the facilitating of related workshops and the preparation of CMC's 2009-10 Annual Report. (Carbon Management Canada, 2009-11)

Carbon Management Canada

Preparation of the proposal and research program for Carbon Management Canada, a nation-wide, university-led, multidisciplinary research network that will develop the game-changing technologies and the business, social and policy frameworks necessary to rapidly "decarbonize" fossil fuel production and utilization. CMC was awarded major funding in December 2009 and support is being provided to establish the enterprise.  (Canada School of Energy and Environment and University of Calgary, 2009-10)

Project Management for Construction of Water Research Centre

Coordination and management of major funding award finalization, cost estimates and construction plans, including relationships with the City of Calgary and major companies engaged in water treatment technologies for a new research centre in wastewater treatment located at the Pine Creek Wastewater Treatment Plants.  (University of Calgary, 2009-10)

Industrial Research Chair in Catalysis for Bitumen Upgrading

Preparation of proposal for the funding of a new industrial research chair in catalysis for bitumen upgrading, including scope, research plan, budget, benefits, competitive advantage, management meetings and site visit (University of Calgary, 2009-10)

Impact of Technological Change on Oil Sands Development

Preparation of a research report summarizing changes anticipated to oil sands technologies during the next 50 years for the purpose of informing the deliberations and decisions of committees and organizations participating in the Land-use Framework of the Lower Athabasca region.  (Alberta Finance and Enterprise, 2009)

Evaluation of Small and Medium Enterprises Program

Review of history, performance and stakeholder feedback of a program to support SMEs involved in the petroleum industry, including performance assessment and recommendations for improvement.  (Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada, 2009)

Industrial Research Chair Proposal in Drilling Engineering

Preparation of proposal for the renewal of funding of the industrial research chair in drilling engineering, including scope, research plan, budget, benefits, and competitive advantage (University of Calgary, 2009)

Oil Sands Research & Innovation Effectiveness

Documentation of oil sands research & innovation activities and outputs; preparation of case studies; analysis of outcomes and recommendations for improving innovation system performance (Natural Resources Canada, 2009)

Preparation of Research Chair Proposal

Preparation of proposal for the funding of a new research chair in integrated oil sands upgrading, including scope, research plan, budget, benefits, competitive advantage, management meetings and site visit (University of Calgary, 2009)

Renewal of a Major Research Program

Preparation of proposal for the five-year renewal of a major, multidisciplinary research program in oil sands upgrading and recovery, including preparation of technology assessment reports, performance reports, research strategy, research plans and budget, and facilitation of funding from multiple sources, management meetings and site visit (University of Calgary, 2009)

Flue Gas and Steam Stimulation (FGSS) Field Trial Scope

Development of scope, technical requirements, and joint venture funding and governance for the field trial of FGSS, a new technology proposed by Portfire and PTAC for follow-up recovery of heavy oil in Western Canada (Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada, governments of Alberta and Saskatchewan, and major heavy oil producers, 2008-09)

SAGD and Upgrading Environmental Impact Assessment

Review of technology, water, air and environmental approval aspects of the Integrated Application for proposed oil sands SAGD and upgrading projects in Athabasca and in the Alberta Industrial Heartland (IRIS Environmental Systems and Alberta Environment, 2008-09)

Analysis of Opportunities for R&D in the Chemical Industry

Identification and analysis of opportunities for conducting R&D in support of the Canadian chemical industry, including consultation with industry and government scientists, and delivery of report and presentation (National Research Council, 2008)

Research Proposal in Energy and Environment Technologies

Preparation of a proposal for Carbon Management Canada and GHTech, to stimulate research into advanced technologies to reduce or eliminate the impact of fossil energy production on climate change, including Carbon Capture and Storage (University of Calgary and ISEEE, 2008)

Low GHG Heavy Oil Recovery

Development of technology concepts for Enhanced Oil Recovery of Canadian heavy oil based on cyclic injection of flue gas and low quality steam, including reviewing and analyzing past and current technology developments, structuring of proposed technology program, and formulating next steps for implementation (Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada, Natural Resources Canada and Alberta Energy Research Institute, 2007-08)

Direct Contact Steam Generator

Development of technology concepts for direct contact steam generation, including reviewing and analyzing past and current technology developments, structuring of proposed technology program and formulating next steps for implementation (Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada, Natural Resources Canada and Alberta Energy Research Institute, 2007-08)

Review of Public and Corporate Bitumen and Heavy Oil R&D

Survey, database and analysis of Canadian privately and publicly funded oil sands and heavy oil R&D, including surface mining and in-situ recovery, upgrading and environmental technologies. (Alberta Department of Energy and Alberta Energy Research Institute, 2007-08)

Research Proposal in Water Technologies

Preparation of a proposal for research in technologies to treat, reuse and reclaim produced and process-affected water research (University of Calgary and ISEEE, 2007-08)

Technical Standards in Oil and Gas and Interprovincial Regulatory Barriers

Study of technical standards used by the Oil and Gas industry in order to identify potential interprovincial regulatory barriers and opportunities for standards harmonization, including interviews with stakeholders and regulatory agencies (THECIS and Standards Council of Canada, 2007)

Analysis of the Ontario Power System

Using the WADE computer model, analysis of the Integrated Plan of the Ontario Power Authority and evaluation of alternative scenarios that would reduce cost and greenhouse gas emission; results published in a document titled "Renewable Is Doable" by WWF and the Pembina Institute (World Wildlife Fund, 2007)

Review of Oil Sands Environmental Impact Assessment

Participation in the review of the Integrated Application for an oil sands SAGD project, including review of technology, water, air and environmental approval (IRIS Environmental Systems and Alberta Environment, 2007)

Program Evaluation of EnergyINet

Review of history, performance and stakeholder feedback of a national energy innovation organization, including interviews of over 25 stakeholders, a value-added map of peer organizations, as well as recommendations for improving financial sustainability (Alberta Energy Research Institute, 2007)

Bitumen in Carbonates and Lloydminster Heavy Oil

Development of new recovery technology scenarios for the undeveloped bitumen resources in the Alberta carbonate triangle and for follow-up recovery of heavy oil in the Lloydminster area, including a focus on the utilization of geothermal energy, carbon capture and storage and other approaches that would minimize greenhouse gas emissions (Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada, Natural Resources Canada and Alberta Energy Research Institute, 2006-07)

Economic Analysis of Decentralized Energy

Application of the WADE economic model to the electrical energy supply and demand of the City of Calgary and the Province of Ontario, comparing supply from 100% centralized generation to several levels of penetration by distributed generation; results published in Cogeneration & On Site Power journal (NewERA, Natural Resources Canada, Government of Ontario and private companies, 2006)

Research Services

Provided support to R&D program development, including scoping and prototyping of a project development and funding database (University of Calgary, 2005-07)

Feasibility Study for a New International Petrochemical Complex

Review of technology selection, logistics and products for a planned new petrochemical facility (Major U.S. engineering firm and U.S. petrochemical company, 2006)

Business Case for New Canadian Petrochemical Complex

Marketing survey and business case for the construction of a new $4 billion petrochemical complex and LNG terminal, including technology selection and market segmentation (Major Canadian engineering firm and Canadian petrochemical company, 2006)

Survey of Oil Sands R&D

Survey and analysis of Canadian privately and publicly funded oil sands R&D, including surface mining and in-situ recovery, upgrading and environmental technologies (Alberta Department of Energy, Alberta Energy Research Institute and 5 major oil companies, 2006)

Unconventional Heavy Oil Extraction and Upgrading Technology Roadmap

Long-term technology study directed at oil sands deposits that are not exploitable with current technologies; included defining challenging resources such as thin deposits, intermediate depth deposits, carbonates, and smaller deposits; and matching deposits with new technologies; also included technologies for increasing recovery after primary production (Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada and Natural Resources Canada, 2005-06)

Survey and Database of Oil and Gas R&D

Survey of technology development and R&D projects conducted in Western Canada for oil and gas, including preparation of an online database and website for submitting and searching projects [http://www.ptac.org/rdd1.html] (Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada, Industry Canada and Alberta Energy Research Institute, 2005)

Water R&D Asset Base

Review of water research initiatives, identification of R&D gaps and assessment of future needs in support of Alberta's Water for Life strategy (Canadian engineering company and Alberta Innovation and Science, 2005)

Alberta Innovation System Scorecard

Research, analysis and preparation of a report and of a set of metrics measuring the health of innovation in Alberta, including data analysis, identification of trends and benchmarking other jurisdictions (THECIS, Western Diversification, Alberta Innovation and Science and National Research Council IRAP, 2005)

Hydrogen Vehicles and Fueling Station Study

Feasibility study of small scale hydrogen production for fueling hydrogen vehicles for public transit in the Town of Banff in Banff National Park; the purpose of the proposed demonstration project was achieving environmental gains through the deployment of new technologies (NewERA, Natural Resources Canada, Western Diversification and Alberta Energy Research Institute, 2004-05)

Fuel Cell Study

Feasibility study of a combined heat and power 250 kW stationary fuel cell for the Banff Centre in Banff National Park; the purpose of the proposed demonstration project was achieving environmental gains through the deployment of new technologies (NewERA, Natural Resources Canada, Western Diversification and Alberta Energy Research Institute, 2004-05)

Product, Market and Technology Strategy for New Petrochemical Project

Product segmentation analysis and technology selection for a new ethylene, polyethylene and polypropylene production complex, including LNG terminal, NGL extraction facilities and methanol conversion plant (Canadian engineering company, 2004-05)

Inventory of Oil Sands R&D

Survey and analysis of Canadian publicly funded oil sands R&D, including surface mining and in-situ recovery, upgrading and environmental technologies (Alberta Department of Energy and Alberta Energy Research Institute, 2004)

Study of Marketing and Technical Service for Petrochemicals

Study and benchmarking of global petrochemical marketing and technical service organizations, including data gathering, interviews, analysis, recommendations and workshops (Canadian technology company and Middle East petrochemical company, 2004)

Market Research and Strategy for Ethylene Elastomers and Plastomers

Acquisition and analysis of market information for polyethylene and ethylene elastomers, including supply and demand volumes and market forecasts; analysis and strategic recommendations (Canadian petrochemical company, 2003-04)

Technology Review of Process and Catalyst Technologies for Bitumen and Heavy Oil Upgrading

Review of scientific literature and industry publications; analysis and summary of technologies and research programs relevant to Alberta; conclusions and recommendations (Alberta Energy Research Institute, 2003)

Evaluation of a Government/Industry Oil Sands R&D Program

Review and program evaluation of an oil sands R&D program as to value and impact, including assessment by industry clients, interviews, analysis of results and recommendations (Alberta Energy Research Institute, 2003)

Technology Assessment of a New Petrochemical Process

Technology, intellectual property and markets analysis regarding the potential commercialization of catalyst and process technology developments, including literature review, patent search, value analysis and strategy alternatives (Canadian petrochemical company, 2002-04)

Catalyst Literature Review

Literature review and patent search regarding catalysts for a new petrochemical process, including recommendation for research program (Canadian petrochemical company, 2002-04)

Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Research and Early Commercialization

Interviews with research groups, companies and funding agencies active in Alberta and British Columbia; analysis and proposed strategy for cluster development in Alberta; conclusions, recommendations and action plan (Alberta Energy Research Institute and National Research Council, 2003)

Market Research and Strategic Analysis for Engineering Services

Market research into operations and maintenance, gas plants, pipelines and R&D on behalf of behalf of an engineering and construction firm considering locating in Alberta, including strategic analysis and recommendations for market development (Canadian engineering company, 2003)

Technology and Markets for Synthetic Resins

Training and consulting regarding technology, marketing, technical service, customer service and R&D for synthetic resins, in particular polyethylene (China National Petroleum Company, 2002)

Economic Opportunities for the Plastics Industry

Researched, authored and presented a study of the plastics and polymers industry. It involved use of statistical indicators to identify economic patterns and to assess international competitiveness, leading to specific policy recommendations and support to strategy and decision making (Alberta Economic Development, 2002)

Technical/Economic Study

Marketing, costs and business analysis regarding make or buy a petrochemical commodity, including patent search, process description, strategy alternatives, project approval and negotiations with third party (Canadian petrochemical company, 2001)

International Marketing Strategy for Petrochemical Process

Marketing research and competitive analysis for a chemical commodity produced by the client, resulting in a marketing strategy and sales presentation with key messages (Canadian petrochemical company, 2000-01)

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Portfire's practice focuses on energy, light tight oil, shale gas, oil sands, heavy oil and petrochemicals , with in-depth knowledge of the industry in Alberta and Western Canada.

Services include technology assessment, strategy development, economic studies, business plans, market research, and consulting on innovation, R & D, technical service and marketing.

We strive to deliver results that exceed client expectations . Customer satisfaction is a priority. Quality is assured by years of experience in the field, attention to details and listening closely to stakeholders.

The practice is anchored by Marc Godin , P. Eng., MBA, with 30 years of experience in business, technology development, marketing, product management, strategy, R & D, technical service and customer service, at senior levels with large chemical and energy companies. Collaboration with partners in the private and academic sectors contributes complementary knowledge and capabilities.

We bring to all our clients, not only the required skills and experience, but also an understanding and a dedication to the principles of innovation, sustainable development, safety and environmental excellence that are key to the success of any project.

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