Advancements in Technology

Corporate Responsibility

Advancements in Technology

Research and Development (R&D) drives continuous improvement across our operations, leading to more effective, efficient and sustainable practices. Investments in technology and innovation have long been a priority for Canadian Natural. Our investments focus on tailings and land management, and reducing water use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, while increasing productivity and resource recovery, and reducing operating costs.

Supporting research, while developing and adopting innovative technology, enables improved environmental performance. For instance, leveraging technology is a key part of our GHG emissions 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.

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 2018 Stewardship Report to Stakeholders.

Many of Canadian Natural’s investments are in collaboration or partnership with industry, academia and/or government. Read more about how these collaborations are improving industry's performance.

Research and Development Investment

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Being a leading R&D investor, Canadian Natural is in a unique position 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

Canadian Natural's Technology and Innovation (TI) team supports all business units, breeding an innovative culture by facilitating collaborations both internally and externally. This dedicated team manages technology information to accelerate technology adoption, strengthening our internal expertise and coordinating resources and our investment.

As part of driving continuous improvement, the team focuses on understanding our business challenges and opportunities, finding and assessing technology and connecting employees with projects, research, technologies and innovations in the most efficient and cost-effective way.

We are also proud of our strong relationships with the academic community across North America. Canadian Natural works with industry, vendors, government and academic institutions to invest in a wide range of R&D disciplines. The TI team also manages external partnerships and technical collaborations to ensure we are making strategic decisions, maintaining transparency and ultimately, driving results.

TI has not only contributed to more effective, efficient and sustainable processes, but has also supported technology development efforts across the Company. To share information and technology proposals, please check our Technology Portal.