Geological and Geophysical Studies of Source and Reservoir Units in the Flemish Pass Basin, Offshore Newfoundland

Suncor Energy Inc. and Memorial University will collaborate on a research program for three Master’s student interns to study the crustal structure and geological history of the petroleum-bearing Flemish Pass Basin and adjoining Central Ridge, offshore Newfoundland and Labrador.

Effect of Wax Inhibitors on the Flow behavior of the Caledonia Field Paraffinic Oil in Consolidated Porous Media at Reservoir and Production Conditions

The proposed research activities aim the chemical and physical characterization of the wax contained in the Caledonia crude oil for the establishment of customized wax remediation alternatives. It also proposes the evaluation of the effectiveness of the optimum remediation treatments through the establishment of the flow performance of the original oil and treated oil in porous media at actual reservoir and production conditions.

Large-deformation finite element modeling of seabed sediments for offshore oil and gas development

Large amounts of crude oil and natural gas are located deep beneath Canada’s ocean floors. Currently, the offshore oil and gas industry makes a significant contribution to Canadian economy. Proper geotechnical modeling of seabed sediment is very important for safe, economic and reliable development and operation of offshore systems. The proposed research will advance the technologies required in the design of offshore foundations and anchors, subsea pipelines and risers.

Introducing Algorithm Trading/Investment to Hedge Funds and Family Offices

The intern will implement a comprehensive market validation study for two target markets: currency hedge funds and family offices. The plan will outline the size of the target markets, the competitive environment, the CTS Forex advantage, and the most efficient marketing channels. In addition, the intern will help in the development of two websites: 1. The corporate website to ensure it communicates the CTS Forexʼ’s value proposition effectively to the two target markets, 2. A website that aims to become a credible source on the performance of all trading systems in the market.

Selective removal of neutral nitrogen compounds from heavy gas oil

Heavy gas oil (HGO) obtained from Athabasca bitumen is very difficult to hydrotreat due to high sulfur and nitrogen content. It is proposed that removal of non-basic nitrogen species from HGO prior to hydrotreating will strongly enhance desulfurization process and improve the length of catalytic cycle.

Effect of anisotropy in thermal-hydro-mechanical properties on casing and caprock integrity

Argillaceous shales comprise a large proportion of rocks in most sedimentary basins. They serve as caprocks in the projects of petroleum industry. Maintaining borehole and caprock integrity is to prevent disasters such as borehole collapse and leakage through caprocks. Thermal-hydro-mechanical properties of argillaceous shales have decisive controls on the integrity analysis. As a kind of clay rich geomaterial, argillaceous shales feature in oriented fabric and have anisotropic behaviors.

Hydrothermal liquefaction of sludges/biosolids for the production of bio-crude oils

Conventional wastewater treatment process includes primary treatment (clarifier), secondary treatment (aeration tanks) and anaerobic digestion (AD) of primary sludge (PS) and waste activated sludge (WAS), followed by disposal of the bio-solids from of the AD process. It is estimated that the sludge treatmen/disposal processes account for approximately 40% of the costs for a wastewater treatment plant. Currently three main approaches are: land application, landfill disposal, and incineration/thermal technologies.

Large deformation finite element analysis of as-laid offshore pipelines using Coupled Eulerian-Lagrangian approach

Subsea pipelines play a significant role in transportation of hydrocarbon. In deep water trenching is difficult and therefore pipelines are often laid on the seabed. However, these pipelines could be penetrated into the seabed a fraction of its diameter during installation. Pipelines might experience thermal expansion due to low ambient and high internal temperature during operation cycles which can cause pipelines to expand axially and buckle laterally.

BFE Heat Pump Analysis

A Binary Fluid Ejector (BFE) refrigeration system is a scalable, energy efficient, cost effective, environmentally friendly refrigeration system that converts thermal energy directly into cooling. The intern will be performing feasibility studies of potential practical applications for the BFE system based on the different climate zones in North America.

Numerical study of load carrying capacity of offshore mooring piles in sand

Pile foundations have been widely used in many offshore structures and oil and gas development programs such as tension leg platform, jack up platform, spar platform, and mooring of floating production, storage and offloading units (FPSO) units. The FPSO units are usually moored to the seabed with various kinds of anchors, including offshore piles. These piles are subjected to inclined upward load from FPSO. The objective of this research is to develop advanced method to estimate load carrying capacity of offshore mooring piles in sand subjected to inclined loading.