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Challenge Dealing with Drill Cutting Waste during Bitumen Extraction
Dealing with Drill Cutting Waste during Bitumen Extraction
STATUS: Awarded
Active Solvers: 315
Posted: Oct 11 2012
Challenge ID: 9932956
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A group of progressive oil sands companies are looking for creative and innovative ways to effectively dispose of drill cuttings (drill waste) generated during the process of drilling wells for extracting bitumen by the Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) technology.  

This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.



Large amounts of drill cuttings (drill waste) are generated during the process of drilling wells that are used to extract bitumen by the Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) technology in the Athabasca oil sands in Alberta, Canada. 

The Seeker is looking for ways to efficiently dispose of this waste in an environmentally friendly and cost-effective manner. 

This is an Ideation Challenge, which has the following unique features:

  • There is a guaranteed award.  The awards will be paid to the best submission(s) as solely determined by the Seeker. The total payout will be up to $10,000, with at least one award being no smaller than $5,000 and no award being smaller than $1,000. 
  • The Solvers are not required to transfer exclusive intellectual property rights to the Seeker.  Rather, by submitting a proposal, the Solvers grants to the Seeker a royalty-free, perpetual, and non-exclusive license to use any information included in this proposal.

After the Challenge deadline, the Seeker will complete the review process and make a decision with regards to the Winning Solution(s).All Solvers that submitted a proposal will be notified on the status of their submissions; however, no detailed evaluation of individual submissions will be provided.

About the Seeker:

This group of companies operates in the Canadian oil sands. Each of the companies develops its assets individually, but they are working together collaboratively to achieve significant improvements in key performance areas.

The group was founded on a common understanding among members of the need to work together to meet the challenges of responsible development.

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