Suncor begins testing electromagnetic heating at its dover test site
The field pilot, known as ESEIEH (Enhanced Solvent Extraction Incorporating Electromagenetic Heating) is supported by a consortium of Suncor, Devon Canada, Nexen Energy, Harris Corporation, and Alberta’s Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation (CCEMC).
ESEIEH uses wells configured in horizontal pairs much like a SAGD operation. The radio frequency energy and solvent is introduced to the reservoir in the upper well. Bitumen and residual solvent are produced from the lower well.
The new technology eliminates the need for steam and has the potential to dramatically reduce GHG emissions.