Scientists invent a process to convert formation water into light oil

CALGARY, Alberta – In a remarkable scientific breakthrough, 2 scientists from the research labs at PetroGlobal Scientific Inc. have created and patented a process that reliably converts formation water into 40 API, sweet, crude oil. Although the process is in only in an advanced experimental stage, it promises to revolutionize the industry by enabling producing companies to effectively produce wells at 100% oil cut to abandonment.

The process, also known as Formation water Underground Kinetiosis by Yield Absorptance (or FUK-YA), has been tested succesfully in the lab through special core analysis.

Take for example the results from one of their early experiments: The initial condition included a 3″ core with initial water saturation of 55%, a residual oil saturation of 20-25%, containing 17 API oil with high SO2 content. Once put through the proprietary FUK-YA process, 100% of the fluids were migrated from the core, and of those fluids, the oil cut was 100%. What’s more is that the oil was much higher quality. One of the side benefits of this process, it turns out, is a resulting 0% Sor. Here is a graphic that depicts the process flows (the diagram is high-level in order to honour the process’s proprietary nature):

Here is a core before (left) and after the FUK-YA process.

When asked about these results, chief petroscientist Dr. Wilbert Barton stated,

I think that these lab results speak for themselves.

He continued,

Dr. Wilbert Barton, chief petroscientist

Just imagine the possibilities, especially with offshore production. If we can show that this process can be applied directly to sea water without ever having to drill a well, or even requiring a platform, then a series of large pumps on the beach tied into a processing facility should do the trick. I can only imagine how attractive the economics metrics will be for these projects.

Dr. Barton and his colleague, Dr. Nicole Nash, have now approached a number of oil and gas multi-nationals for additional funding to take the experiments from the lab to the field in the way of a few pilots. The first pilot is scheduled to commence in a Cardium field in central Alberta in 2013 Q3.



    • Don’t get smart, Kate – we use linguistic license here; note that the w in water is lowercase.

      And no, not sugar. Sheesh. They use honey or some form of artificial sweetener. Sometimes they use both to make the crude extra sweet.