Responsible Development of Unconventional Hydrocarbon Reserves

Unconventional oil and gas resources are currently a significant portion of global oil and gas production and it is anticipated to continue its growth as production from conventional resources decline. Unconventional oil and gas resources include low permeability (“tight” resources e.g. shale), heavy oil and oil sands reservoirs amongst others. Economic and responsible development of these unconventional resources is a priority for society, governments and industry. Post the Paris Accord, it is imperative that new technologies and processes are researched and developed to minimize upstream greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from oil and gas activities, otherwise there is a risk that Canada’s hydrocarbon resource endowment could be stranded in the future, forgoing the vast economic benefits that Canada has received over past decades. TO BE CONT”D

Faculty Supervisor:

ZhangXing Chen


Kai Zhang


Kerui Canada


Engineering - chemical / biological


Oil and gas




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