​Calgary companies awarded $2.2 million from Ottawa for methane reduction targeting China, developing nations

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Two Calgary-based companies have been awarded funding from Natural Resources Canada to support their work advancing methane reduction technologies in Canada and around the world.

Clearstone Engineering Ltd. will receive $1.6 million for work it says is aimed at exposing China to Canadian technologies for methane and volatile organic compound reduction, while Patro Research Ltd. will receive $600,000 to support work developing methane mitigation options along the natural gas value chain from upstream production to end users.

Funding for both comes through Natural Resources Canada’s Energy Innovation Program, which received $49 million over three years from April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2019 to support clean energy innovation.

“We see significant opportunities in China and believe that this project is a great opportunity to showcase Canadian innovation and expertise. The outcomes of this project will be beneficial to both countries,”Clearstone president David Picard said in a statement.

Patro’s research and development activity “is aimed at improving access to cleaner energy products and technologies not only in Canada but also in developing countries,” added managing director Craig Fairbridge.