In situ projects gaining ground in Canadian oil sands development boom

06/10/2002
Operators are turning increasingly to sophisticated in situ techniques to tap deeper formations in the oil sands regions of northern Alberta. But surface mining operations still account for the largest share of investment dollars and growing production.The oil sands sector is projected to produce more than 50% of Canada's oil by 2010 and is expected to make a significant contribution to North American supply.About 80% of an estimated 300 billion bbl of bitumen can be recovered only by techniques such as steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) instead of conventional surface mining. Operators say SAGD also has the advantage of being more environmentally friendly than surface mining. How...
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