Nsolv has developed game-changing technology that delivers significant economic and environmental benefits compared to other heavy oil extraction methods. Until now, developing in-situ oil reserves has meant significant costs, both for producers and the environment. Nsolv overcomes these challenges, making it a revolution in heavy oil extraction.

Economic benefits

The Nsolv process offers higher rates of return than SAGD, and remains economically viable even in low oil price environments. It also makes thin-pay, shallow-depth and low pressure zones economically viable targets. Here’s why:
  • Reduced cost of entry for new projects
    • Upfront capital costs are reduced by about 40% compared with SAGD
  • Faster and simpler to bring online
    • Simpler facilities and reduced risk allow for faster implementation times
  • Reduced capital and operating costs
    • Eliminates the need for large and expensive steam and water separation plants
    • Approximately 80% less energy input than steam-based extraction processes
    • No water treatment chemicals
  • Increased Revenue
    • More valuable oil: In-situ upgrading improves both the produced oil quality and API gravity (13+ API for Nsolv versus 8 API for SAGD)
  • Nsolv-upgraded barrels effectively increase pipeline capacity due to less need for diluent and condensate.

Environmental benefits

Nsolv is a game-changing technology with the potential to transform the heavy oil industry by creating environmental sustainability. It answers critics who point to the industry’s historical environmental footprint. Nsolv offers the following benefits:
  • Zero water consumption
  • About 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to SAGD
  • Low-value, high-carbon components left behind in the reservoir, meaning 20% less waste for each extracted barrel. This leads to more efficient transportation to market and higher yield of valuable refined products.
For more detailed information about the advantages Nsolv technology brings to in-situ projects, please contact us at or 1.403.920.3210