The HORNET program brings together funding from the private sector and different levels of government (including Innovation Saskatchewan) to conduct research in key areas of enhanced oil recovery to improve recovery rates. Some of our research areas include:


  • Field Trials and Demonstrations of New Technologies
    • Hot Water Vapour
    • Joint Implementation of Vapour Extraction (see JIVE project link)
  • Cold Heavy Oil Production with Sand (CHOPS) and Post-CHOPS research
    • Solvent use (including CO2)  
    • Water and chemical flood optimization
    • Improving and optimizing thermal technologies
    • Microbial EOR
  • Reservoir Characterization
    • Computer modelling of wormholes for better EOR and production simulations

HORNET’s research focus is to move technological innovation quickly to field application.

Industry sponsors of HORNET play an active role in choosing the research that goes forward and also help design the research program. Results are only available to the partners.  Sponsors are also eligible to participate in field trials of new technologies.  With leveraging of government money through HORNET, companies are able to gain access to millions of dollars in research results for a relatively small yearly investment.




Projects in PTRC's STEPS Business-Led Network of Centres of Excellence Program (which ran from 2008 to 2013) were focussed on three main research priorities.

  • Proven Economic Resources (Bitumen and Heavy Oil) with research in
    • Heavy Oil (Post) Cold Production
    • Enhanced Waterflooding
    • Solvent Vapour Extraction
    • Gas Flooding (miscible / immiscible)
    • Improving Heavy Oil Predictability
    • Characterizing Saskatchewan's Oil Sands Deposits
    • Developing and Adapting Exsiting Subsurface Recovery Technologies (in-situ recovery improvements)
    • Field Demonstrations of Promising New Technologies
  • Enabling Technologies for Future Resource Assets
    • This includes oil shales and Saskatchewan’s oil sands
  • Light / Conventional Oil
    • Improving light oil production from the Bakken formation in southeast Saskatchewan and North Dakota.

Research results from the STEPS program, and results from project prior to 2009, are no longer confidential and accessible through the STEPS Library.  Non-funder access to some reports and abstracts can be granted to some companies and organizations. Please contact the PTRC for access.  You can visit the library by going here .

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