Offshore Energy


Four Marine Energy Research Projects Funded

Posted on September 27th, in Bay of Fundy, Offshore Energy, Tidal Energy.

The OERA has recently funded four (4) marine energy research projects under their Open Call Program.  OERA awards a maximum of $20,000 on its various Open Call Projects, where such funds are leveraged with financial support from others to cover the total project costs.  The following are the most recent winners:

“Analysis framework for long-term and cumulative effects monitoring”

Lead Proponent:  Acadia University –  Dr. Trevor Avery

The project aims to provide a framework under which turbine effects on specific marine species populations, at various deployment scales, can be tested. This framework will provide the basis for future assessment of far-field and cumulative environmental effects, which will become increasingly important as more turbines are deployed.

An analysis framework will be developed that describes how to use past, current and future data available from other parties can be used to determine population level effects. … Read More »


Lidar Coastal Mapping Project Announced

Posted on February 27th, in Offshore Energy.

February 28, 2017

(Halifax, NS)  The Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) announced a pilot research project today. The project’s goal is to better understand the coastline inlet areas of Nova Scotia, which provide biologically diverse habitat and support an abundance of marine life.  By better understanding these areas, the research will help aid in their protection. The project is being undertaken by NSCC’s Applied Geomatics Research Group with funding from the Offshore Energy Research Association (OERA), Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), Shell Canada, and BP.

The pilot project is the first of its kind in Nova Scotia, using state-of-the-art airborne topo-bathymetric lidar technology to generate detailed maps of the shallow near-shore zone, where the use of traditional mapping methods is limited. In the same way that topographic maps represent the three-dimensional features of terrain on land, bathymetric maps illustrate the land … Read More »


Funding approved for tidal energy environmental monitoring

Posted on March 22nd, in Bay of Fundy, Offshore Energy, Tidal Energy.

PRESS RELEASE:  March 22, 2016

HALIFAX, NS – The Offshore Energy Research Association (OERA) and the Nova Scotia Department of Energy are jointly funding $250,000 to support an enhanced environmental effects monitoring program at the Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE) site in the Bay of Fundy. The monitoring program is designed to determine the effects of deployment and operation of in-stream tidal turbines in 2016.

“Tidal energy holds tremendous potential for Nova Scotia – both as a producer of clean, renewable energy, and as an economic driver,” said Energy Minister Michel Samson. “The monitoring program at FORCE will provide developers, regulators, researchers and the public with information to better understand the impact of development on the marine environment. It’s an important step in our plan to build and grow a responsible tidal energy sector in Nova Scotia.”

In 2015, Nova Scotia … Read More »


OERA Funds Nova Scotia Student’s Research Travel

Posted on March 11th, in Offshore Energy, Tidal Energy.

PRESS RELEASE:  March 11, 2015

Halifax, NS – Offshore Energy Research Association (OERA) is pleased to announce that the OERA Student Research Travel Program has provided six Nova Scotia students the opportunity to build their international networks through travel to the USA, Ireland, and Bermuda to conduct their thesis research in the fields of marine renewable energy and offshore geosciences.  The February 2015 Student Research Travel Program award recipients are:

Dalhousie University in conjunction with Cape Breton University: Jordan Carlson, School for Resource and Environmental Studies, will be taking a tidal energy course at Queen’s University Belfast, Ireland and gain hands-on experience at Queen’s University’s small scale tidal energy lab and testing facility;
Acadia University: Laura MacNeil and Krista Kroeninger, Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences, will be undertaking an Advanced Field School at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences focusing on sedimentology, … Read More »


Nova Scotia and U.K. Collaborate on Tidal Industry Development

Posted on March 4th, in Bay of Fundy, Offshore Energy, Tidal Energy.

PRESS RELEASE – March 4, 2014

Nova Scotia and the United Kingdom will work together to advance tidal research to help the future development of the industry.

A memorandum of understanding between the province, the Offshore Energy Research Association of Nova Scotia and the United Kingdom’s Technology Strategy Board will encourage joint research in order to improve the technology required to generate electricity using high tides like those in the Bay of Fundy.

Energy Minister Andrew Younger, executive director Stephen Dempsey of the Offshore Energy Research Association of Nova Scotia and the acting British Deputy High Commissioner to Canada, Corin Robertson, on behalf of the Technology Strategy Board, announced the agreement today, March 4, in Halifax.

“Bringing together tidal energy leaders from Nova Scotia and the U.K. will help advance efforts to harness the power of Fundy tides,” said Mr. Younger. “Collaborating on tidal … Read More »


OERA Funds Nova Scotia Student’s Research Travel

Posted on October 10th, in Bay of Fundy, Offshore Energy, Tidal Energy.

PRESS RELEASE – October 10, 2013

Halifax, NS – Offshore Energy Research Association (OERA) is pleased to announce that the OERA Student Research Travel Program has provided four Nova Scotia students the opportunity to travel to the USA, Canada and Ireland to conduct their thesis research in the fields of marine renewable energy and offshore geosciences.  The September 2013 Student Research Travel Program award recipients are:

Matthew Baker, Department of Biology at Acadia University will be conducting tests in marine acoustic technology for use in estimating fish densities to advance understanding how tidal turbines could potentially affect fish behaviour at the University of Maine;
Sonja Bhatia, Department of Earth Sciences at Dalhousie University and in conjunction with Saint Francis Xavier University, will be undertaking research at specialized test facilities to further advance the development of fibre optic gas sensors for use offshore at … Read More »


Offshore Environmental Research Award: Nova Scotia Researchers

Posted on October 2nd, in Offshore Energy.

Press Release – October 2, 2013

Tracking blue sharks, listening for whales and detecting natural gas movements through ocean water are all projects funded in the latest round of research grants awarded in Nova Scotia by Encana Corporation with the assistance of the Offshore Energy Research Association (OERA).

The grants were awarded under the Deep Panuke Education and Training (E&T) and Research and Development (R&D) Call in environmental research pertaining to Nova Scotia’s offshore petroleum industry.  The Call was launched in November 2012 and was the fourth in the series under the Deep Panuke E&T and R&D Fund.  Total funding available was $400,000, with the Call process managed by OERA.

The Call was open to a range of disciplines including engineering, and physical, life and the social sciences, and in general, sought project concepts and ideas that would:

Reduce environmental risk to any aspect … Read More »


OERA Student Research Travel Program

Posted on July 18th, in Offshore Energy, Tidal Energy, Uncategorized.

Press Release – July 18, 2013

HALIFAX, NS – Offshore Energy Research Association (OERA) is pleased to announce that the Student Research Travel Program is now open for its September 2013 round of applications.  The program is available to full-time senior honours & graduate students conducting thesis research at a Nova Scotia based university and undertaking research in marine renewable energy or geosciences.

The objective of the program is aimed at cultivating collaborations between Nova Scotia researchers and Canadian and international research facilities or laboratories which contribute to the advancement of the offshore energy sector in Nova Scotia.

The first round of applications from January 2013 saw students attend various universities including the University of Helsinki, University of West Indies, University of Edinburgh and the University of Tasmania.  Students were awarded travel funds ranging from $2,000 to $3,700 each, to support student research … Read More »


OERA Awards Graduate Student Funds

Posted on February 12th, in Offshore Energy, Tidal Energy.

PRESS RELEASE – Date: February 12, 2013

HALIFAX, NS – OERA (Offshore Energy Research Association of Nova Scotia) has awarded travel funds, ranging from $2,000 to $3,700 each, to support graduate student research in projects related to tidal marine energy and offshore petroleum/geoscience research.

The funds are in support of graduate student research travel to international research facilities or laboratories which will contribution to the advancement of the offshore energy sector in Nova Scotia.

Stephen Dempsey, Executive Director of OERA, spoke to the importance of local and international collaboration in the pursuit of the development of energy efficiencies and sustainability.

“OERA’s mission is to lead energy research that enables the sustainable development of Nova Scotia energy resources through strategic partnerships with academia, government and industry. We have a great resource in our students who are the next stewards of our energy resources. It is … Read More »


Contract Signing with Biota Guard AS of Stavanger, Norway, to Study Impacts of Seismic on the Environment

Posted on June 21st, in Offshore Energy.

PRESS RELEASE – Date: June 21, 2012

The Offshore Energy Research Association of Nova Scotia (OERA) is pleased to announce that a 15-month contract has been signed with Biota Guard AS of Stavanger, Norway in conjunction with IRIS Biomiljø (International Research Institute of Stavanger). OERA has commissioned Biota Guard to undertake research in testing a novel technology that uniquely combines biosensors with conventional oceanographic sensors for monitoring the marine environment. The research will offer new insights to the science of the snow crab (Chionoecetesopilio) species for use in environmental effects monitoring here in Nova Scotia.