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Dr. Tawfik Nasr

Tawfik NasrDr. Tawfik Nasr, a scientist at the Alberta Research Council (ARC), has been investigating the extraction of bitumen from Alberta’s oilsands for more than 15 years. Having graduated from the University of Alexandria in Egypt, he moved to Canada to attend the University of Manitoba and received his PhD in physics. Nasr came to Alberta to work on a geothermal project for the University of Alberta, joined ARC’s heavy oilsands group and began developing models for early thermal recovery.

Logo for the ARC Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) systems first appeared in the early 1980s, providing a revolutionary means of drilling for oil. Though a breakthrough in petrochemical technology, the shortcomings of SAGD were obvious—large amounts of water and energy were required, creating harmful greenhouse emissions. Nasr began to focus on ways of improving these methods, patenting several inventions that would help reduce SAGD energy consumption.

His various patents include the Expanding Solvent-SAGD and the Tapered Steam Solvent-SAGD, both improving on the efficiency of the original design.

Nasr lives in Edmonton with his wife and three children. He has been working with ARC for 22 years and is a member of the Petroleum Society of Canadian Institute of Mining, the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the Canadian Heavy Oil Association.

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