Winnipeg, MB – Western Economic Diversification Canada is providing $2.4 million to the University of Manitoba to establish an internationally accredited analytical Centre for Oil and Gas Research and Development (COGRaD). The centre will focus on environmental monitoring and remediation services.
The funding will be used to purchase highly specialized instruments which, in turn, will allow COGRaD to collaborate with private industry on research and development, test samples from the environment, and develop tools and techniques to assist oil and gas companies to meet existing environmental monitoring and remediation challenges.
In addition, the university is partnering with industry to develop new analytical tools and techniques that will result in the transfer of new technologies and employment opportunities in the oil and gas sector across the West.
“This centre will establish the University of Manitoba in a new field of research and development that is an institutional priority: environmental sustainability,” Dr. Digvir S. Jayas, vice-president (research and international) and distinguished professor, University of Manitoba. “We congratulate our researchers and their teams on this new funding and applaud their leadership in this area.”