Jean Frydman (June 26, 1925 – March 14, 2021)

Jean Frydman was a member of the French Resistance during World War II. He received the Légion d'honneur in 2016 for his wartime efforts.

He was a successful businessman after the war and in 1993 he founded Fortune Energy Inc., the predecessor company to General Energy Recovery Inc.

As CEO and President he provided leadership and vision in the development of GERI’s Direct Contact Steam Generator. Jean's wife, Daniela Frydman, who has been an active Board Member since 2017 will take over his role and continue to provide leadership for GERI's future. 

Jean, you will be greatly missed by everyone at GERI.

Direct Contact Steam Generator

GERI has developed and tested a Direct Contact Steam Generator (DCSG) that is capable of injecting 80% steam quality with combustion flue gases at pressures up to 7 MPa, with rates between 5.5-11 GJ/hr (5-10 MMBTU/hr).  We can inject into Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) wells for pre-heating during facility construction, late-stage SAGD repressurization, and also into older Cold Heavy Oil Produced with Sand (CHOPS) wells.  Our system is highly portable and requires only a supply of natural gas, and boiler grade water – we produce the steam, nitrogen and carbon dioxide to heat and provide reservoir pressure to maximize your oil production and recovery.  Our generator is nearly 100% efficient, with all exhaust products from the production of steam being injected into the reservoir.  In addition, our process uses 13% less water than traditional steaming methods.

Our DCSG is also capable of hot water heating at similar heat rates. This process does not require boiler quality water as no steam is created. 

We can also steam non-thermally cased and cemented wells with our patent-pending Annular Cooling Loop technology. 


Annular Cooling Loop

GERI's Annular Cooling Loop* provides the ability to steam non-thermally cased and cemented wellbores. Our testing of pilot projects around the Lloydminster area has shown a maximum annular temperature of 60°C during steaming operations. The system operates as a closed loop with the ability to add additional makeup water if required. It also meets regulatory approvals granted for use in non-thermal wells both in Alberta and Saskatchewan.

*Patent Pending

About Us

General Energy Recovery Inc (GERI) is a service company focused on providing our clients with steam and flue gases for enhanced heavy oil production. GERI has researched and developed a high-pressure direct contact steam generator technology in the Lloydminster area of Alberta. Our commercial process produces less emissions and uses less water than traditional steam injection facilities used in CSS or SAGD operations.

We are a privately funded technology company with operations based out of Lloydminster and with head office located in downtown Calgary.