Researching the offshore

Researchers from Nova Scotia universities and the private sector are working on projects related to the offshore oil and gas industry. From left to right, Dr. Jason Clyburne, Saint Mary’s University; Joe Hood, Akoostix; Dr. Fred Whoriskey, Ocean Tracking Network, Dalhousie University; Marielle Thillet, Encana Corporation; Dr. Rob Ronconi, Acadia University; Sonja Bhatia, Dalhousie University; Dr. John Walker, Stantec; Dr. Jan Haelssig, Dalhousie University; Dr. David Risk, St. Francis Xavier University.


In Nova Scotia, Encana provides funding to researchers at local universities and in the private sector as part of the development of our Deep Panuke base asset.

At a recent energy conference in Halifax, six researchers provided updates on their activities and milestones. Conference delegates heard about progress in tagging birds and sharks to track their movements, advances in developing new tools to monitor mammals in the ocean and sensitive leak detection for subsea pipelines, among other topics.

Background information on the researchers’ presentations is available from the conference website for the Environmental Innovation in the Offshore panel.

Under the Deep Panuke Education & Training and Research & Development Fund, investments are aimed at helping to develop Nova Scotia’s offshore resources. All the researchers received grants from this fund under themes such as engineering and the environment.

For more information on research & development supported by Encana in Nova Scotia, see the benefits reports posted by the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board.

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