About Enhance

Enhance Energy is a privately-owned Alberta-based energy development company specializing in carbon dioxide (CO2) Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) in central Alberta, initially focused at the Clive oil field. The Enhance leadership team has extensive experience in the oil and gas industry including the planning and implementation of similar, large-scale CO2 EOR projects that are implemented once traditional primary and secondary recovery phases have been completed. Through the CO2 EOR scheme, Enhance is able to safely capture and permanently sequester CO2 while increasing production and reserves recovery.

Enhance and Wolf Carbon Solutions Inc. have entered into a midstream service agreement for the construction and operation of the Alberta Carbon Trunk Line (ACTL) project. Wolf will construct, own and operate the CO2 capture and pipeline transportation assets. Enhance will continue to be the owner and operator of the CO2 utilization and sequestration portion of the ACTL project through its EOR operations.

Vision & Mission

Vision: Produce low-cost, low-carbon oil to power the planet and play a key role in a sustainable solution to world energy requirements.

Mission:  Create value through responsible development of CO2 enhanced oil recovery in an innovative, efficient and sustainable manner that ensures the well being of our employees, contractors and neighbours.

Our Low Carbon Energy Solution

The world needs energy to power its people, cities and countries and to secure an acceptable standard of living  for our growing population.

Every day, oil produced globally occurs with various levels of associated environmental impact. Enhance is able to reduce this environmental impact by taking CO2 that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere and inject it into depleted oil reservoirs for enhanced oil recovery (EOR), kick-starting an innovative new industry that converts CO2, a waste industrial by-product, into a valuable product in global demand.

Enhance is the owner and operator of the Clive Field in Alberta which has produced over 70 million barrels of light oil over the last 50 years representing approximately 50% of the original oil in place in the reservoir. The Clive Field is where Enhance’s first CO2 EOR project will be implemented. Through this project, an incremental 20-25% of the original oil in place from the reservoir is expected to be recovered, an amount equivalent to either primary or secondary recoveries.

No other crude oil produced in the world will have a lower net carbon impact on the environment than oil produced from the Clive Field – making Enhance a truly low-carbon energy solution.

EOR using CO2 is not new: industry has over 45 years of experience injecting CO2 for EOR in Canada and the continental U.S. The CO2 is injected into carefully selected hydrocarbon reservoirs, which results in oil being flushed from the pore spaces in the reservoir rock and ‘pushed’ to production wells where it is pumped to the surface and recovered. This process also results in the CO₂ being permanently sequestered in the reservoir where it occupies the pore space that held the otherwise unrecoverable oil. The CO2 is geologically and permanently sequestered in reservoirs that have contained hydrocarbon for tens of millions of years.

Enhance’s EOR project will safely store CO2that would otherwise be emitted into the atmosphere. It is estimated that the reservoirs within reach of the ACTL in Central Alberta will be able to recover an additional one billion barrels of oil that will generate approximately $15 billion in incremental royalties for Alberta to invest in schools, hospitals, roads, infrastructure and other projects that improve the lives of all Canadians.

CO2 Containment

CO2 that is injected in the Leduc Formation will remain there indefinitely, held by the same forces and mechanisms that trapped oil in place for tens of millions of years. Multiple layers of impermeable rock, including the Ireton Shales and Nisku Anhydrites, will lock gasses in place at a depth of 2km. To ensure the CO2 is contained, Enhance will continuously monitor fluids in the Leduc, Nisku, Coalbed Methane zones, shallow fresh water horizons and soils above the Clive Field.

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How We Got Here

1950s – 2000

  • Clive light oil field was discovered in central Alberta
  • First CO2 flood took place in 1972 in Scurry County, Texas in the Permian Basin of West Texas with the SACROC and North Cross floods
  • CO2 flood commences in Joffre Viking pool in 1984 with CO2 from the Joffre Petrochemical facility
  • First CO2 transported from syngas plant in North Dakota and injected into the Weyburn oilfield in Saskatchewan in 2000

2008 – 2011

  • Enhance Energy formed in 2008 with the vision of utilizing CO2 for enhanced oil recovery
  • Enhance contracted CO2 from North West Redwater upgrading and Nutrien (previously Agrium) in 2009
  • ACTL project was born in 2010 with signing of funding agreements with the federal and provincial governments
  • ACTL Pipeline receives regulatory approval in 2011

2013 – 2019 & Beyond

  • Sturgeon Refinery ground breaking and Enhance acquired Clive Field ownership in 2013
  • Enhance acquired the Innisfail Field in 2015, identifying it as a prospective EOR reservoir
  • Development plans were optimized in 2016 to respond to the oil pricing environment
  • Wolf Carbon Solutions becomes an ACTL Partner in 2018, and field construction of the ACTL Pipeline commenced
  • EOR development commenced in January 2019, and the ACTL Pipeline and EOR development activity is ongoing
  • Enhance is currently targeting first CO2 injection in December 2019

Our Team

The Enhance leadership team has extensive experience in the oil and gas industry and in the planning and implementation of large-scale EOR projects using carbon dioxide (CO2) injection.  Enhance’s depth of experience in CO2 EOR and CCUS operations includes the Weyburn Midale field in Saskatchewan, the Joffre Viking CO2 flood in Alberta and a number of other CO2 pilot projects in Alberta. Enhance has assembled a team of CO2 EOR expertise that is second to none among companies with CO2 operations in Alberta today. Enhance employs senior in-house technical experts in the areas of drilling, production, operations, facilities design, geology and reservoir analysis.

Executive Team

Kevin Jabusch
President and CEO

Blair Eddy
Chief Operating Officer

Dave Eggen
Chief Financial Officer

Rollie Lusis
VP Capital Projects

Management/Technical Team

Tim Benko
EOR Operations

Amir Ghaderi
Reservoir Simulation

David Hills
Geoscience

Chris Kupchenko
Corporate Development

Corey Kusch
Surface Land and Environment

Chris Markwart
Reservoir Surveillance

Brendan McGowan
Reservoir Development

Kevin Meyer
Drilling and Production

Sunita Sood
Project Management

Jorgen van Beurden
EOR Facilities

Partners

Enhance and Wolf Carbon Solutions Inc. (Wolf) have entered into an agreement for the construction and operation of the Alberta Carbon Trunk Line (ACTL) project. To learn more about the ACTL project, please visit the ACTL website.

Enhance has a CO2 supply contract with the NWR Partnership who owns the Sturgeon Refinery which is the world’s only refinery designed to include carbon capture for the purposes of utilization in EOR.

Enhance received federal government support through the ecoETI and the Clean Energy Fund programs. The Government of Canada supports CCS and CCUS initiatives as outlined on their website.

Enhance and its project partners have received funding under the 2010 CCS Funding Agreement. Details of Alberta’s support for carbon capture can be found on the Government of Alberta website.

Enhance has a CO2 supply contract with Nutrien who is the world’s largest provider of crop inputs, services and solutions.The CO2 comes from the Redwater fertilizer facility located in Fort Saskatchewan.

Carbon Capture and Storage Advocate Organizations

The Global CCS Institute is the world’s leading authority on carbon capture and storage (CCS) – an international climate change organization whose mission is to accelerate the deployment of CCS as an imperative technology in tackling climate change and providing energy security.  To learn more about Global CCS Institute, please visit the Global CCS Institute website.

The Carbon Capture Coalition (CCC) is a non-partisan coalition supporting the deployment and adoption of carbon capture technology.  Its mission is to foster domestic energy production, support jobs and reduce emissions, all at the same time.  To learn more about CCC, please visit the Carbon Capture Coalition website.

The Clean Air Task Force’s (CATF) Decarbonized Fossil Energy work aims to enable global energy system decarbonization by 2070.  CATF works towards this goal by developing and advocating for policies aimed at making carbon capture technologies cost competitive.  Visit the Clean Air Task Force website to learn more.

The Carbon Capture and Storage Association (CCSA) was founded in 2006 to represent the interests of its members in supporting the development and deployment of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) in the UK, EU and internationally. Visit the CCSA website to learn more.

CMC Research Institutes is a not-for-profit corporation hosted by the University of Calgary whose mission is to accelerate the development and implementation of innovative, commercially viable, greenhouse gas reducing technologies. To learn more, please visit the CMC Research Institutes website.