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AZO Nano - CelluForce expands partnership with Schlumberger for wood-derived nano-crystalline cellulose

DCN Corp® - Joint Venture of Domtar and FP Innovations - CelluForceCelluForce is pleased to announce an investment into a company owned by Schlumberger.  Schlumberger is the world's leading supplier of technology, integrated project management and information solutions for the global oil and gas industry

crystalline cellulose (CelluForce NCCTM) to enhance the The investment further cements the collaboration between CelluForce and Schlumberger to innovatively explore the use of CelluForce's wood-derived nano-crystalline cellulose (CelluForce NCCTM) to enhance the productivity of oil and gas wells.

NCC is a fundamental building block of trees, and can be extracted from the forest biomass, which has unique properties that offer a wide range of potential applications.  NCC is measured in units as small as nanometres, these tiny structures have strength properties comparable to steel and will have uses in a variety of industrial sectors.As stated by Rene Goguen, Acting President of CelluForce - "we are very proud to be expanding our partnership with Schlumberger, the world's leading oil and gas service company."  Plus - "we have always believed that NCC applications hold promise extending far beyond the forest sector, and we see this investment from an international company as respected as Schlumberger as confirmation of this belief."any as respected as Schlumberger as confirmation of this belief."

NCC is a fundamental building block of trees, and can be extracted from the forest biomass, which has unique properties that offer a wide range of potential applications.  NCC is measured in units as small as nanometres, these tiny structures have strength properties comparable to steel and will have uses in a variety of industrial sectors.

The first small-scale NCC pilot plant was built and began operation in 2006 at FP Innovations' laboratory in Montreal, Quebec.  Supported in part by Natural Resources Canada and the Ministere de l'Energie de des Ressources naturelles du Quebec, the pilot plant operation led to a scalable NCC production process and placed Canada in the pole position of the global race towards commercial NCC manufacture.  Based on the success of the small-scale pilot plant, CelluForce, a joint venture of Domtar and FP Innovations, was created which led to the construction of a demonstration plant at Domtar's mill in Windsor, Quebec, Canada having a production capacity of 1000 kg of NCC per day.

This announcement follows the recent announcement by the Honourable Greg Rickford, Minister of Natural Resources, of a $4.0 million contribution by Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) to optimise the extraction process of NCC from dry wood pulp and develop applications for its use in the oil and gas sector. Original article available here

The above research positively highlights the potential of nanotechnology within the oil and gas sector.  As stated previously, DCN Corp strongly believes it can contribute, by increasing the savings for the oil and gas sectors. Going forward, if you and/or your colleagues are interested in making DCN Corp's alternative process reality - please ensure to contact the company as soon as practicably possible.