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C-FER TECHNOLOGIES INC.
BY CHRIS OLVERA
C-FER TECHNOLOGIES TESTS EQUIPMENT IN A LAB TO MAKE SURE IT CAN HANDLE THE ELEMENTS BEFORE PUTTING IT TO USE IN THE FIELD FOR ITS CLIENTS.
C-FER Technologies specializes in conducting advanced engineering studies and large-scale testing programs for its clients. The company has become known worldwide for developing new technologies that benefit the entire energy sector.
C-FER Technologies Inc. www.cfertech.com Headquarters: Edmonton Employees: 75 Revenues: $11 million Services: Engineering consulting, R&D and full-scale testing
Cam Matthews, director of new technology ventures: “It’s
amazing how quickly new technology can change things.”
-FER Technologies, originally the Centre for Frontier Engineering Research, opened its doors for business in 1984 as an industry-owned research consortia. Its mandate was to address problems related to design, material selection, fabrication, regulation and construction of structures required for arctic and offshore oil and gas field development in Canada. The company initially operated from the University of Alberta campus until it outgrew the facilities available there. In 1990, C-FER opened its own world-class $18 million full-scale testing facility located in Edmonton. According to Director of New Technology Ventures Cam Matthews, by this time the company had expanded its activities to encompass technology challenges in the heavy oil production and pipeline integrity areas. The Consortia members transferred ownership of the not-for-profit research and development company to the Alberta Research Council (ARC) in 1999. Today, C-FER Technologies operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of ARC, now part of Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures, with income earned entirely by performing feefor-service work, mostly for the private sector. More than 50 percent of this income is now derived from sources outside Canada on an annual basis. The company’s main activities include conducting advanced engineering studies and large-scale testing programs for its clients. C-FER is also well known worldwide for organizing multi-client projects to tackle current technological challenges and/or new technology developments of common interest to industry. For example, current activities include several multi-client projects related to improving the design, construction and production operations of steam assisted gravity drainage thermal wells. C-FER’s unique laboratory is well equipped to facilitate a wide range of full-scale tests to qualify or evaluate equipment performance in tough applications including ultra-deep-water offshore, high-temperature, extreme pressure or sour-well environments. “Clients know us for our willingness and ability to take on highly complex tests and to measure things that matter with precision,” Matthews explains. “The substantial diversity in the types of test programs conducted in the lab makes C-FER a very interesting place to work.” The company also has developed software including
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