Education & training and research and development fund

As a part of our development and operation of the Deep Panuke offshore natural gas project we are committed to funding the advancement of education, training, research and development in relation to offshore petroleum resource activities in Nova Scotia. These funds are administered by Encana as directed by the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (CNSOPB).

Encana supports research projects under themes and topics relevant to offshore oil and gas development. To be eligible for funding, among other requirements, research activities must take place in Nova Scotia.

Support has been provided to fund four calls for proposals, with the final call focusing on topics related to the environment. The final Call Notice was launched in November 2012 with awards granted in the spring of 2013. The successful proposals were:

  • Research led by the Ocean Tracking Network at Dalhousie University that aims to understand blue shark behaviour and ecosystem health in the Atlantic Ocean. To learn more about the study, visit the Dalhousie media webpage.
  • At Stantec Consulting Limited in Dartmouth, NS, in collaboration with experts at Dalhousie University, research to develop a state-of-the-art model for natural gas release and dispersion from offshore wells. Visit the Stantec website to learn more about the research.
  • At Akoostix Inc. in Dartmouth, NS, research on passive acoustic monitoring that aims to develop better ways to track whales offshore. Learn more about the research.
  • At St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, NS, research led by Dr. David Risk on innovative fiber optic sensors for detecting dissolved natural gas near the seafloor. Click here to learn more about the research.

The three earlier calls explored topics in offshore geosciences, offshore safety and risk and engineering.

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