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

Grizzly Oil Sands begins SAGD production at Algar Lake

Feb 27, 2014

Grizzly Oil Sands ULC, Calgary, has begun steam injection at its Algar Lake project in Alberta. The company said oil production “is evident in steam circulation fluids.”

IHS: Canada's oil sands an economic boon for jobs

Feb 17, 2014

Oil sands production is responsible for significantly boosting Canada's jobs, economic growth, and government revenue, according to IHS CERA Oil Sands Dialogue study, "Oil Sands Economic Benefits: Today and in the Future."

IHS: Canada’s oil sands an economic boon for jobs

Feb 11, 2014

Oil sands production is responsible for significantly boosting Canada’s jobs, economic growth, and government revenue, according to IHS CERA Oil Sands Dialogue study, “Oil Sands Economic Benefits: Today and in the Future.”

Statoil, PTTEP to divide oil sands stakes

Jan 30, 2014

Statoil AS and PTT Exploration & Production (PTTEP) of Thailand have agreed to divide their interests in the multiarea Kai Kos Dehseh (KKD) oil sands project about 120 km south of Fort McMurray, Alta.

Suncor reports oil sands employee fatality

Jan 23, 2014

Suncor Energy Inc. reported a fatality occurred Jan. 19 at its oil sands site after an employee was unable to be located earlier in the day.

Watching Government: In Alberta, they're talking

Nov 18, 2013

To better appreciate what's going on at Alberta's oil sands, it's necessary to actually go there.

Protest events seen as 'new normal' for Keystone XL opponents

Nov 4, 2013

Proponents of the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline said opponents' increasingly frequent protest events represent a "new normal" in efforts to keep the pipeline from Alberta's oil sands to US Gulf Coast refineries from being built.

Suncor resumes Canadian oil sands operations

Oct 22, 2013

Suncor Energy Inc. has resumed normal operations at its oil sands and in situ facilities after slowing them on Oct. 17 following a third-party supplier disruption of natural gas affecting the Wood Buffalo region of northeast Alberta, the company reported late on Oct. 18.

Sunshine, Renergy finalize Muskwa-Godin oil sands pact

Oct 22, 2013

Sunshine Oilsands Ltd., Calgary, has signed the previously announced joint operating agreement with Renergy Petroleum (Canada) Co. Ltd., an affiliate of Changjiang Investment Group Co. Ltd. of Hong Kong, with respect to Sunshine’s Muskwa and Godin area leases in Alberta’s Athabasca oil sands area.

Two layers of cost

Oct 21, 2013

Americans curious about the costs of misguided energy policy should watch Europe, where governments aggressively promote energy from the sun, wind, and biomaterial.

Canadian Natural Resources advances Horizon Oil Sands project

Oct 18, 2013

Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. said it completed several milestones at its Horizon Oil Sands project in northern Alberta in the third quarter, en route to production of 250,000 b/d of synthetic crude oil by 2017.

Athabasca Oil names Broen chief operating officer

Oct 14, 2013

Athabasca Oil Corp., Calgary, has named Rob Broen to the newly created position of chief operating officer in charge of light oil and thermal oil operations and all technical functions.

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.

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