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Calgary, AB – October 29, 2021. 

Scovan is pleased to announce that it has been invited to participate in the Full Project Proposal (FPP) stage of CRIN’s Reducing Environmental Footprint funding competition. 68 applications were reviewed and only 22 projects invited to the FPP stage. Scovan’s HipVap Artificial Intelligence application was one of the few selected to the next stage of this rigorous process.

Scovan is working to advance the HipVap technology which will bring increased efficiency and opportunity for reducing environmental impact to projects through Western Canada. Scovan intends to design, fabricate, construct, commission, operate and test a commercial pilot version of the HipVap technology at a SAGD Facility, near Bonnyville, Alberta. The HipVap technology is an indirect fired steam generator (IFSG) technology, developed to reduce the complexity and cost of steam generation by using untreated produced water as the boiler feedwater stream. In the HipVap commercial pilot project, produced water is circulated in its loop, where 20% steam is generated in the IFSG heat exchanger and circulated to a steam separator.The closed loop heat source for the IFSG heat exchanger is a hot oil, fired heater package. The circuit is operated on a net basis up to 98% steam quality (ie 2% blowdown). 

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) will be incorporated into HipVap operations and management to optimize chemical dosing rates, manage fouling, optimize mechanical cleaning frequency, provide predictive maintenance visibility for critical equipment and reduce operator overheads. This will allow for continuous optimization and performance improvements through the operating and testing phase of the commercial pilot project.

About the Competition:

The Clean Resource Innovation Network (CRIN) is a Canada-wide network focused on ensuring Canada’s energy resources can be sustainably developed for the global energy supply. The Reducing Environmental Footprint competition is one of three funding competitions included in a $100 million investment in CRIN by the Government of Canada’s Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF) announced in October 2020. The competition is designed to advance technology solutions for high-priority environmental challenges across the oil and gas industry with the intent to meet Canada’s climate targets; export technologies internationally; and for application across other sectors. More detail on each of CRIN’s technology competitions can be found at

Awards to the funding competition will be announced in the coming months. For more information about Scovan or the HipVap technology, please contact:

Valerie Stewart
VP Strategy & Development, Scovan
[email protected] 

Jane Cavanagh
VP Product Innovation, Scovan
[email protected]