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eMVAPEX Pilot, Phase 3

Strategic Area

Energy - Technology and Innovation
GHG and air emissions




Emissions Reduction Alberta
Alberta Innovates
Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC)


Clean Growth Program



CGP Contribution

$ 8 M

Project Total

$ 46.4 M



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MEG Energy Corp.

Lead Proponent

MEG Energy Corp.

Project Objectives

The main objectives of the enhanced Modified VAPour Extraction (eMVAPEX) technology are to efficiently increase bitumen production, achieve sustainable cost savings and minimize environmental impacts. This project will demonstrate up to 10 well pairs and 11 infill wells utilizing the eMVAPEX technology.

Expected Results

Steam generation is the main contributor to the GHG emissions and operating costs associated with bitumen production. eMVAPEX involves infill wells and the injection of a light hydrocarbon instead of steam after initial SAGD operation when bitumen recovery reaches between 20-30%. It is anticipated that, by employing eMVAPEX, an industry standard SAGD asset with a steam oil ratio (SOR) of 3.0 could increase bitumen production by up to 76% with the same steam assets employed for SAGD bitumen production. The resulting overall GHG emissions and water usage intensities are anticipated to be reduced by as much as 43%.

Anticipated Environmental Benefit(s):

Reduction in water use and reduction in GHG emissions by using a light hydrocarbon instead of steam after initial SAGD operation.

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