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

Sunshine Oilsands gets AER nod for Thickwood SAGD project

Sep 16, 2013

Sunshine Oilsands Ltd. said it received final approval from the Alberta Energy Regulator for its Thickwood project.

Cenovus seeks expansion at Christina Lake in Alberta

Aug 29, 2013

Cenovus FCCL Ltd., Calgary, has applied to the Alberta Energy Regulator for an expansion at the Christina Lake thermal project.

Andora Sawn Lake SAGD pilot getting under way

Aug 21, 2013

Production from a steam-assisted gravity drainage oil sands project at Sawn Lake in Alberta’s Peace River area should begin in early 2014, and joint venture partners have elected to participate and are attempting to raise funds, said Pan Orient Energy Corp., Calgary.

IHS: Keystone XL would have minimal greenhouse gas emissions impact

Aug 19, 2013

Completing the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline would not have a significant impact on greenhouse gas emissions because other transportation routes used in its absence would not significantly change Alberta oil sands production growth, a recent IHS CERA study concluded.

Repeal Sect. 526

Aug 19, 2013

If the US can't act friendly with its neighbor to the north, it at least should refrain from outright hostility. Current US policy makes appeasement of extreme environmentalists more important than relations with Canada.

Petrobank works to boost Kerrobert output

Aug 13, 2013

Petrobank Energy & Resources Ltd., Calgary, is testing two strategies to expand the combustion zone and raise production in a pioneering thermal heavy-oil project in Saskatchewan.

Sunshine Oilsands starts strategic review

Aug 12, 2013

Sunshine Oilsands Ltd., Calgary, a development-stage company with 1.1 million acres under lease in the Athabasca region of Alberta, said it has begun a strategic review “with a view to progressing its oil sands development strategy and to preserving and maximizing shareholder value.”

Imperial, ExxonMobil Canada to buy Clyden stake

Aug 8, 2013

Imperial Oil Resources and ExxonMobil Canada will acquire the 100% interest held by ConocoPhillips in the 226,000-acre Clyden oil sands leasehold 150 km south of Fort McMurray, Alta., for about $751 million (Can.).

Cenovus seeks oil sands project expansion

Aug 2, 2013

Cenovus FCCL Ltd. has filed applications for Phase J expansion at its Foster Creek thermal oil sands project 90 km north of Cold Lake, Alta.

Alberta cancels leases near Fort McMurray

Jul 30, 2013

To make room for urban development stimulated by oil sands development, the government of Alberta is cancelling 32 oil sands leases held by 10 companies around crowded Fort McMurray.

Oil sands ramp-up boosts Cenovus second quarter

Jul 24, 2013

Cenovus Energy Inc., Calgary, said it has achieved first heavy oil production last week from Phase E at its Christina Lake thermal project in Alberta and that the company’s overall oil sands production climbed 17% in the second quarter.

Solimar cuts thick, oily Temblor at San Joaquin well

Jul 22, 2013

Solimar Energy Ltd., Melbourne, said its Kreyenhagen Ranch 2-33 well in the northwestern San Joaquin basin in California has encountered more than 600 ft of Temblor formation heavy oil sands with oil present throughout.

Connacher: Solvent boosts SAGD test flow

Jul 18, 2013

Connacher Oil & Gas Ltd. raised bitumen production and lowered steam injection rates in a test of a proprietary method for enhancing steam-assisted gravity drainage with injection of solvent at its Algar oil sands development in Alberta (OGJ Online, Nov. 16, 2012).

Lindbergh oil sands development approved

Jul 15, 2013

Pengrowth Energy Corp., Calgary, has received final regulatory approval for the first commercial phase of its Lindbergh thermal oil sands development near Bonnyville in east-central Alberta (OGJ Online, Aug. 6, 2012).

Jackpine oil sands mine expansion advances

Jul 10, 2013

Shell Canada Energy, operator of the Athabasca Oil Sands Project (AOSP) joint venture, has received conditional Alberta Energy Regulator approval for expansion of its Jackpine oil sands mine about 70 km north of Fort McMurray, Alta.

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