[Title: The Canadian Forest Service]
[Title: Advancing Collaboration between Forest and Oil and Gas Sectors]
The forest sector and oil and gas industries are cornerstones of Canada’s economy.
But how can these industries work together and learn from each other
to build a future that is more innovative and environmentally responsible?
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Natural Resources Canada’s Canadian Forest Service
is finding innovative ways to get more value from trees.
[Text: more value
The Forest and Oil and Gas Sectors Research and Collaboration Initiative, or
[Text: Forest and
Oil and Gas Sectors
is a Canadian Forest Service initiative that finds opportunities
where the forest sector and oil and gas industries can benefit from each other.
[Text: finds opportunities]
As a part of FOR-C, leading scientists have developed processes
to take excess forest biomass, such as brush and woodchips,
and turn it into clean bioenergy and a variety of other useful products
that can be used by the oil and gas sectors.
[Text: biomass-based products for the oil and gas sectors]
The gas industry transports non-renewable natural gas along
an extensive network of pipelines and uses it to generate
the heat and steam required for oil sands extraction and refining processes.
Using biomass instead can lower dependency
on non-renewable resources
and significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
[Text: non-renewable resources]
[Text: greenhouse gas emissions]
Biomass is harvested from forests that have already absorbed C02
and are sustainably managed to absorb future greenhouse gases.
Forest biomass is gasified into “Syngas” which is further treated
to produce renewable natural gas; a final product indistinguishable
from petroleum-based natural gas.
[Text: renewable natural gas]
[Text: petroleum natural gas]
By installing biomass gasifiers alongside existing pipelines,
renewable natural gas could be sent to the oil sands for immediate use
in an efficient and cost-effective way.
The forest industry has also developed a wide variety of other bioproducts
that have excellent potential for industrial applications.
Biochar is a safe and reliable biomass-based product
that could greatly improve water filtration processes in Canada’s oil sands.
[Text: water filtration]
Later on, that same biomass can even be used as a
clean and renewable fuel source to
further reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
[Text: renewable fuel source]
[Text: greenhouse gas emissions]
Another biotechnology is cellulose nanocrystals,
a safe, renewable and versatile product made from tiny fibres
in common biomass sources such as pulp and sawdust.
[Text: cellulose fibrils]
[Text: cellulose nanocrystals (CNC)]
Replacing drilling fluids is an expensive process.
Adding just a small amount of cellulose nanocrystals to drilling mud
creates a strong film layer on wellbore walls that retains drilling fluids,
making extraction processes cleaner, and more cost effective.
[Text: cost effective]
These are just some of the promising applications for
proven forest-based technologies in the oil and gas sectors.
[Text: in the oil and gas sectors]
Collaborating in a constantly shifting economy helps
provide Canadian solutions to Canadian challenges.
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Together, we can build a future that is
more profitable and environmentally sustainable.
[Text: environmentally sustainable]