Oil Sands

Surprising to many, Canada is the No. 1 oil exporter to the United States. Increasingly, these supplies come from Canada’s oil sands in northern Alberta. That province’s estimated oil sands deposits are in excess of 1.7 trillion barrels of crude bitumen. More than $91 billion has been invested in the oil sands in recent years and over $170 billion in oil sands-related projects. Venezuela and California are also heavy oil producers.

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Oil Sands News

Suncor upgrader gets unplanned maintenance

Mar 14, 2012

Suncor Energy expects one of its two bitumen upgraders in Fort McMurray, Alta., to be offline for 3-5 weeks while it conducts unplanned maintenance related to fractionator performance.

CNRL restarting Horizon bitumen upgrader

Mar 14, 2012

Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. has begun to restart the Horizon bitumen upgrader, which it shut down Feb. 5 for unplanned maintenance on the fractionating unit (OGJ Online, Feb. 15, 2012).

ERCB approves Gemini oil sands project

Mar 14, 2012

Koch Oil Sands Operating ULC has received conditional approval to build and operate the Gemini thermal oil sands project near Beaverdam in the Cold Lake area of Alberta.

Review starts of Laricina's Germain expansion

Mar 12, 2012

Alberta’s Energy Resources Conservation Board has begun its review of applications by Laricina Energy Ltd. for expansion of the Germain commercial demonstration oil sands project in the west Athabasca region.

Canadian oil sands producers form environmental alliance

Mar 12, 2012

Producers active in the oil sands of Canada will collaborate to improve environmental performance under a new group to be led by a former official of the federal government.

CNRL on schedule to restart Horizon bitumen upgrader in March

Mar 9, 2012

Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. drilled a record number of wells and achieved record quarterly production totaling more than 657,000 boe/d during fourth-quarter 2011, and plans are on schedule for the Horizon bitumen upgrader to resume full operations by the end of March.

Comments open on Frontier oil sands project

Mar 6, 2012

Alberta’s Energy Resources Conservation Board has opened applications for the Frontier Oil Sands Mines Project for comment after the operator agreed to a deal that would give it 100% interest in the development about 100 km north of Fort McMurray.

Canadian oil sands producers form environmental alliance

Mar 2, 2012

Producers active in the oil sands of Canada will collaborate to improve environmental performance under a new group to be led by a former official of the federal government.

Move targeting oil sands stalls in EU

Feb 23, 2012

A European Union technical committee handed Alberta producers a “small victory” by declining to declare fuels made from bitumen to be greater emitters of greenhouse gases than those from other types of crude oil.

Connacher delays oil sands expansion, names CEO

Feb 22, 2012

Connacher Oil & Gas Ltd., Calgary, which last month disclosed a strategic review following key management changes, has delayed the planned expansion of its Alberta oil sands production project and named an interim chief executive officer (OGJ Online, Jan. 20, 2012).

CNRL applies for Kirby oil sands expansion

Feb 17, 2012

Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. has filed regulatory applications for expansion of its Kirby in situ oil sands project in the southern Athabasca region of Alberta.

Canada, Alberta commit to 'improve' environmental monitoring of oil sands

Feb 13, 2012

The governments of Canada and Alberta, stung by the recent US decision to postpone development of the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline project, have agreed to step up their monitoring of the environmental effects of oil sands developments.

Canada, Alberta commit to 'improve' environmental monitoring of oil sands

Feb 13, 2012

The governments of Canada and Alberta, stung by the recent US decision to postpone development of the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline project, have agreed to step up their monitoring of the environmental effects of oil sands developments.

Canada, Alberta commit to 'improve' environmental monitoring of oil sands

Feb 13, 2012

The governments of Canada and Alberta, stung by the recent US decision to postpone development of the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline project, have agreed to step up their monitoring of the environmental effects of oil sands developments.

Canada, Alberta commit to 'improve' environmental monitoring of oil sands

Feb 6, 2012

The governments of Canada and Alberta, stung by the recent US decision to postpone development of the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline project, have agreed to step up their monitoring of the environmental effects of oil sands developments.

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