Federal government, COSIA to invest $800,000 on new oilsands water testing facility at NAIT

SAGD steam generators at an Alberta oilsands project. Image: Joey Podlubny/JWN

The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) says it will receive almost $600,000 from Western Economic Diversification Canada and $200,000 from Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA) to develop “a new generation” of technology for oilsands water treatment.

The Membrane Technology Assessment Program (MTAP) will be built at NAIT’s Centre for Oil Sands Sustainability to help develop 12 industrial water technologies used in oilsands, and train and develop 12 highly qualified people, NAIT said in a statement.

This will also enable at least six western Canadian oil companies the opportunity to test their technologies and more quickly implement innovations that create environmental and economic benefits, NAIT said.

“Thanks to this partnership and our government’s commitment, we are advancing the testing and development of a new generation of oil sands technology that we believe offers a potential solution for oilsands water treatment,” said COSIA chief executive Dan Wicklum.

Edmonton MP Randy Boissonnault said the investment will enable companies to advance solutions that “will bring about environmental and economic benefits and reinforce Canada’s global competitive advantage in clean technology.”