Lithium Exploration and Development
Lithium is a critical element supporting modern industry and particularly battery storage in every application from smartphones to electric vehicles to grid-scale backup for electricity transmission.
Lithium is a critical element supporting modern industry and particularly battery storage in every application from smartphones to electric vehicles to grid-scale backup for electricity transmission
Demand will explode in the coming years as we try to build the batteries required to meet projected production of electric vehicles and grid-scale storage. Supply from existing hard-rock mines and salars (salt lakes) cannot match this growth, and so industry is working to extract lithium from naturally-occurring brines in deep saline (oilfield) aquifers.
PRCL builds on our subsurface knowledge to work with junior lithium explorers in Canada and the United States. We work to identify prospective lithium-rich aquifers and potential extraction sites where lithium concentrations and brine flow rates can support economic extraction and processing.
PRCL facilitates 21st century Energy Transitions
We apply our subsurface geoscience and engineering expertise to oil and gas, water resource characterization, geothermal resources, subsurface energy storage and carbon sequestration, and exploration for helium and other strategic commodities
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THE 21st CENTURY ENERGY TRANSITION
Petrel Robertson is playing an important role as Canada and the world transition to more diverse energy sources and storage.
Oil and gas will be critical for energy and petrochemicals for decades to come. PRCL supports orderly, efficient, and environmentally responsible development of oil and gas resources. Much of our oil- and gas-related work now supports initiatives such as identifying water source and disposal opportunities for unconventional oil and gas, while ensuring protection of fresh water resources.
We are also finding opportunities to leverage our subsurface skill sets beyond oil and gas, including:
- Exploring for and developing other resources, such as minerals-rich saline brines and helium, found in deep gas reservoirs
- Characterizing saline water resources in deep aquifers to supply water for hydraulic fracturing, and to safely dispose of waste water from petroleum and other industrial processes
- Characterizing fresh water resources in shallow aquifers, as water supply for many uses, and to guard against contamination
- Mapping areas at risk from induced seismicity
- Evaluating and planning geothermal energy development
- Assessing and planning subsurface energy storage, as in caverns and fracture systems
PRCL President Brad Hayes presented Carbon Capture and Storage – Assessing the Subsurface at the Fort McMurray Oil Sands Conference and Trade Show
PRCL President Brad Hayes presented “Carbon Capture and Storage: Assessing the Subsurface” at the Fort McMurray Oil Sands Conference and Trade Show on September 13 2023. He also participated in a panel discussion sponsored by Canadian Heavy Oil Association, examining...