Advancements in Technology

Corporate Responsibility

Advancements in Technology

Research and Development (R&D) drives continuous improvement across our operations. Our goal at Canadian Natural is to unleash our best minds to advance the research and application of technologies and meet the world’s energy needs responsibly.

Investments into technology and innovation have long been a priority for Canadian Natural. We believe that supporting research while developing and adopting innovative technology enables improved environmental performance, which in turn reduces operating costs, leading to more effective, efficient and sustainable operations. For instance, supporting R&D while developing and adopting innovative technology is a key part of our greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction strategy.

Canadian Natural is continuously evaluating, developing, piloting and implementing a range of technologies and improvement opportunities across our operations. Read these case studies featuring technologies we are working on, from discovery and design to development and deployment.

Industry Leading Research and Development

Canadian Natural has been the top R&D investor for the crude oil and natural gas sector in Canada for a number of years. Our commitment to R&D and technologies investment continued in 2016. We are in a unique position to lead and participate in exciting projects that are finding innovative ways to not only deliver environmental performance improvements, but to advance technologies that achieve operating efficiencies and improve resource recovery.

We are proud of the innovation and technologies that have allowed us to continue to do better. Our R&D investment dollars went towards a wide range of projects and initiatives across multiple areas, including improved efficiencies in enhanced oil recovery, heavy oil, oil sands mining and thermal production. To learn more about our applied technologies, read our Creating Value through Innovation section and our 2016 Stewardship Report to Stakeholders.

Many of Canadian Natural’s investments are in projects where the technology and innovation will be shared with our industry partners. Read more about how these collaborations are improving performance.

Research and Development Investment

Research and Development Investment
Being a leading R&D investor enables Canadian Natural to find innovative ways to enhance environmental practices, playing a major role in responsibly meeting the world’s energy needs.

*NOTE: Sourced from corporate internal reports and filings

Canadian Natural's Technology and Innovation team

Dedicated teams within the company focus on increasing technology adoption, strengthening our internal expertise and coordinating resources and our investment.

We are also proud of our strong relationships with the academic community across North America. Canadian Natural works with industry to invest in a wide range of R&D areas. The success from these collaborations was one of the catalysts for the development of a Technology and Innovation (TI) team at Canadian Natural in 2015. This team has a mandate “to ensure the sustainability of our innovation culture by networking and managing technology information” – focusing strictly on managing external partnerships and technical collaborations to ensure we are making strategic decisions, maintaining transparency and ultimately, seeing results.

TI has not only contributed to more effective, efficient and sustainable processes, but the team has also supported technology developments efforts across the company through innovative approaches.