Israel and Canada have teamed up to explore unconventional ways to extract fuels. The $6.7 million collaboration recently approved by the chief scientists of both countries will focus on developing novel and more efficient ways to extract shale oils and other gases deep in the earth.
Three teams comprised of Israeli and Canadian scientists and experts will explore different methods of extracting the shale using the latest science and technologies available in both countries.
“The program for collaboration in the energy sector with Canada represents a true model of cooperation,” Israeli Economy Ministry Chief Scientist Avi Hasson said. “Companies from both countries will integrate the forces of innovation with entrepreneurship, and develop and export new technologies that deal with environmental challenges associated with gas and oil resources.”
One team will test the theory that high ground temperatures may aid in shale extraction while another group will explore ways in which high salinity water can be reused during the extraction process, reducing water waste, according to Hasson. A third team will focus on developing technologies to more efficiently handle the evaporation and cleaning mechanisms for tools used in oil sands.
“This collaboration not only will yield more innovative and efficient production methods in both countries, but will also generate experience and knowledge that will contribute greatly to both countries for many years ahead,” Hasson explained.
Canadian Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver also stressed that this new deal will “directly support the energy agreement signed between Canada and Israel in 2012″ and help build stronger relations between the two nations.
Henri Rothschild, the head of the Canada-Israel Industrial Research and Development Fund which will work in tandem with Israeli authorities to oversee the project, agreed.
“Research cooperation strengthens our shared leadership in energy and creates opportunities to provide our technology to the world,” he said, pointing out the the collaboration is “a very effective platform for bilateral cooperation.”