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GHG Emission Performance

MEG has taken measures to achieve one of the lowest GHG emissions intensities in the thermal heavy oil industry. Between 2013 and 2019, our net greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions intensity reduced by 7% and in 2019 was more than 20% below the industry average. This outcome was achieved through a committed investment in energy efficiency through the application of cogeneration and innovative reservoir advancements including eMSAGP and eMVAPEX.

In 2019, MEG’s net GHG intensity was up slightly (less than 1%) from the year prior primarily due to restrictions associated with mandated production curtailment; however overall intensity performance continued to be more than 20% better than the in situ industry average.

This approach has reduced emissions intensity while also minimizing financial impacts and helping us align with increasingly stringent carbon regulations.

To find out more about our approach to the management of climate-related issues.

Reducing GHGs with eMSAGP & eMVAPEX

When approximately one-third of the oil from a well has been recovered and the reservoir has been heated, MEG’s patented, proprietary enhanced Modified Steam and Gas Push (eMSAGP) technology can be introduced. eMSAGP involves injecting a non-condensable gas, like natural gas, into the reservoir to reduce the steam injection rate by approximately 50%, resulting in steam-oil ratios in the range of 1 to 1.25.

By applying the eMSAGP process to significant portions of the operation, MEG has achieved an average SOR of 2.22 in 2019 at its Christina Lake Project compared to the in situ industry average of 3.1.

MEG maintains a low SOR through advanced solvent injection technology by piloting enhanced Modified VAPour Extraction (eMVAPEX). This proprietary technology, if proven successful, will further enhance our growth potential while minimizing GHG emissions, even beyond those from eMSAGP. MEG has been granted funding from Alberta Innovates, Natural Resources Canada, Emissions Reductions Alberta, and Sustainable Development Technology Canada for continued eMVAPEX work.

We will continue to explore additional recovery advancements that can further reduce our environmental impacts and improve performance.