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Apply for the Saskatchewan Petroleum Research Incentive

The Saskatchewan Petroleum Research Incentive encourages research, development and demonstration of new technologies that expand production of Saskatchewan's oil and natural gas resources.

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1. Benefits

The objectives of the incentive are:

  • To encourage new Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) projects.
  • To research, develop and demonstrate promising new technologies that will lead to the expanded development and production of Saskatchewan’s oil and natural gas resource.
  • To develop Saskatchewan’s oil and natural gas research expertise and facilities.
  • To improve the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of oil and natural gas technologies.
  • To reduce the environmental impact of oil and natural gas production.
  • To transfer the technology developed through the Incentive so that a broad awareness is developed in the oil and natural gas industry of the knowledge and information generated through the Incentive. 
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2. Eligibility

Eligible projects include research and development of field pilot projects involving

  • enhanced oil recovery and,
  • new technologies related to:
    • oil and natural gas exploration,
    • production,
    • treatment,
    • transportation,
    • upgrading,
    • processing,
    • refining, and/or waste disposal from oil and natural gas activity, or
    • environmental impact of oil and natural gas activity.

The incentive is available for research projects involving field pilots. To be eligible to receive the incentive, field projects must be an EOR pilot conducted in Saskatchewan or meet all of the following criteria:

  • The project must be conducted in Saskatchewan.
  • The project must involve technology which is related to oil and natural gas
    • exploration,
    • production,
    • treatment,
    • transportation,
    • upgrading,
    • processing,
    • refining, and/or
    • waste disposal from oil and natural gas activity, or
    • environmental impact of oil and natural gas activity.

(Projects related to product marketing, office administration, staff training or human resources management are not eligible for funding.)

  • The project applicant must be the operator of the site of the project.
  • The project must have significant novel research content. Novel research content means that the technology involved in the project must meet one of the following conditions:
    • The technology is not currently in use in the oil or natural gas industry in Saskatchewan.

or

    • The technology has not previously been used in the oil or natural gas industry in Saskatchewan in a situation similar to that proposed in the project.
  • Projects involving refinements, improvements or changes to technology that has previously been used in the oil or natural gas industry will be eligible to receive the Incentive relative to the costs of the refinement provided that the refinements, improvements or changes introduce significant technical uncertainty or risk which was not present during previous standard applications of the technology.
  • The incentive is not intended to subsidize the application of current uneconomic technologies.
  • In order for a project to be eligible, it must appear likely that the commercial application of the technology involved in the project can be cost-effective.
  • The incentive is not intended to subsidize the evaluation of new technologies for the exclusive benefit of the applicant.
  • All projects receiving the Incentive will be required to participate in the transfer of technical information to the rest of the industry, subject to a confidentiality period of up to one year.
  • Projects that, because of unique circumstances, appear likely to benefit only the applicant will not be eligible.
  • In order for a project to be eligible, it must appear likely that the technology involved in the project can be applied commercially on a widespread basis in Saskatchewan. 
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3. How To Apply

To apply for approval under the terms of the SPRI, interested parties should prepare and submit an application clearly outlining their proposed project. Applications should be concise, accurate and well-organized, and should contain all relevant information. The information to be included in a project application outlined in the Information for Applicants indicates the minimum requirements that must be met by each application.

Applicants should note the criteria that will be used for the evaluation of proposals and should direct their applications to these criteria.

Each application must be submitted electronically in the Microsoft Office Word format. The project outline described in the Information for Applicants is only a guideline to applicants for preparing their project proposals. The actual content of the application may be determined by the applicant.

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4. Apply

Complete information about the incentive – including the application process, eligibility criteria, the review process and project implementation – is available in the Information for Applicants guide.

Download the Information for Applicants guide

Submit one electronic copy and one paper copy of the completed application and any attached documents to:

Jean Chen, M.Sc., E.I.T.
Senior Engineer
Energy Development and Climate Change
Energy Policy Branch
Saskatchewan Ministry of the Economy
1000, 2103 – 11th Avenue
Regina, SK  S4P 3Z8

Fax (306) 787-2198
Email: jean.chen@gov.sk.ca

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5. Further Information

View final technical reports for projects that have received the Saskatchewan Petroleum Research Incentive.

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