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

A strategy shift-2

Jun 26, 2015

Notwithstanding occasional laments to the contrary, the US has had a consistent energy strategy since at least World War II. 

CAPP: Oil sands producers prepared to take greater role reducing emissions

Jun 26, 2015

Canada’s oil sands producers are prepared to take a greater leadership role in reducing greenhouse-gas emissions, according to the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.

CAPP: Canadian production to reach 5.3 million b/d by 2030

Jun 22, 2015

The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) estimates production of Canadian oil will increase 43% over 16 years to 5.3 million b/d by 2030 compared with 3.7 million b/d in 2014.

ExxonMobil begins Kearl oil sands production

Jun 16, 2015

ExxonMobil Corp. has begun bitumen production at its Kearl oil sands expansion project in Alberta. The company expects output to reach 110,000 b/d, doubling previous Kearl production.

SPE Conference: Heavy oil development requires long-term view, incoming president says

Jun 15, 2015

Speaking to a half-empty auditorium that reflected the tough economic environment of the North American onshore market, Janeen Judah, incoming president of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, addressed attendees June 10 at SPE Canada Heavy Oil Technical Conference in Calgary about the problems facing heavy oil.

CAPP: Canadian production to reach 5.3 million b/d by 2030

Jun 11, 2015

The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) estimates production of Canadian oil will increase 43% over 16 years to 5.3 million b/d by 2030 compared with 3.7 million b/d in 2014.

Foster Creek resumes operations after CLAWR forest fire

Jun 11, 2015

Cenovus Energy Inc. reported on June 11 that it has resumed operations at its Foster Creek oil sands project in northern Alberta after a forest fire on the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range (CLAWR) led to a precautionary, 11-day shutdown of the operation on May 23.

SPE Conference: Heavy oil development requires long-term view, incoming president says

Jun 9, 2015

Speaking to a half-empty auditorium that reflected the tough economic environment of the North American onshore market, Janeen Judah, the incoming president of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, addressed the problems facing heavy oil.

ConocoPhillips reports first steam from Surmont 2 in Alberta

Jun 1, 2015

ConocoPhillips reported first steam on May 29 from Phase 2 of its Surmont oil sands project in the Athabasca region of northeastern Alberta.

La Jolla Conference: Industry panel bullish on oil prices, but sees more suffering to come

Jun 1, 2015

Crude oil prices are still about half their value compared with a year ago, but the now prolonged slump is unfolding such that another rise could be on the horizon, a panel of industry observers agreed on May 20 during the XXIV La Jolla Energy Conference in La Jolla, Calif.

Forest fire causes Cenovus to shutter Foster Creek facilities

May 26, 2015

Cenovus Energy Inc. halted production on May 23 from its Foster Creek oil sands and Athabasca natural gas operations as a precaution due to a forest fire about 25 km south on the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range (CLAWR) in northeastern Alberta.

Husky begins steam operations at Rush Lake heavy oil project

May 21, 2015

Husky Energy Inc. has started commercial steam operations at the 10,000-b/d Rush Lake heavy oil thermal project in Saskatchewan (OGJ Online, Dec. 12, 2014).

Cold Lake project expansion starts production

May 11, 2015

ExxonMobil Corp. has started bitumen production at the $2-billion Cold Lake Nabiye project expansion in northeastern Alberta.

Husky Energy reports net earnings of $191 million (Can.)

May 6, 2015

Husky Energy Inc. reported first-quarter net earnings of $191 million (Can.) compared with a loss of $603 million in the previous quarter and year-ago earnings of $662 million.

Symbols in Sect. 526

Apr 27, 2015

Reintroduction of a bill to repeal Sect. 526 of the Energy Independence and Security Act comes at a fateful time.

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