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

Oil-price collapse may aggravate producing nations’ other problems

Feb 5, 2015

The recent global crude-oil price plunge could be aggravating underlying problems in Mexico, Colombia, and other Western Hemisphere producing nations, speakers suggested during a Feb. 4 discussion at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Alberta’s premier seeks more North American energy integration

Feb 5, 2015

Better policy integration and cooperation will be needed for Canada, Mexico, and the US to fully realize the North American energy renaissance’s potential, Alberta Premier Jim Prentice said. Unfortunately, trends are leading more toward fragmentation and confrontation, he warned.

EPA suggests DOS reconsider Keystone XL climate impact conclusions

Feb 3, 2015

The US Department of State might want to reconsider its conclusions regarding potential climate impacts from the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline because crude oil prices have fallen so dramatically, a US Environmental Protection Agency official suggested.

Syncrude sees additional $260-400 million in possible budget cuts

Feb 2, 2015

The estimate for capital expenditures has also been reduced to $451 million net to COS, which includes $104 million of remaining expenditures on major projects and incorporates $110 million in cost reductions.

Novel upgrading technology cuts diluent use, capital costs

Feb 2, 2015

A novel bitumen upgrading process that decreases the amount of diluent required for pipeline transportation and reduces overall operating costs has been proven in a 100-b/d demonstration plant in Pennsylvania.

BHI: Texas anchors 90-unit plunge in US rig count

Jan 30, 2015

The US drilling rig count plunged 90 units—a majority of which were in Texas—to settle at 1,543 rigs working during the week ended Jan. 30, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

Oxy cuts capital budget by a third

Jan 30, 2015

In the midst of falling oil prices, Occidental Petroleum Corp., Houston, expects to reduce its total capital spending for 2015 to $5.8 billion from $8.7 billion in 2014.

Cenovus trims additional $700 million from capital budget

Jan 28, 2015

Cenovus Energy Inc., Calgary, will defer $700 million in additional capital expenditures originally planned for 2015 until crude oil prices recover, targeting a revised budget of $1.8-2 billion, the company says.

Pengrowth cuts capital spending due to declining oil prices

Jan 23, 2015

The recent “rapid” decline in world oil prices is the main reason given by Pengrowth Energy Corp., Calgary, for setting its 2015 capital budget at $200 million, 74% below its $770 million budget for 2014.

Syncrude files applications for Mildred Lake extensions

Jan 20, 2015

Syncrude Canada Ltd. has filed applications with Alberta Energy Regulator for two extensions to the Mildred Lake oil sands production area.

Take that, Canada!

Jan 12, 2015

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto needs a warning about how the US treats friends nowadays. On the day of his chummy, Dec. 6, 2014, meeting with President Barack Obama in Washington, DC, the White House promised Obama would veto legislation approving the Keystone XL pipeline border crossing.

Cenovus trims budget, slows oil sands work

Dec 22, 2014

Cenovus Energy Inc., Calgary, is trimming its capital spending in response to falling crude prices and will slow development of some of its thermal oil sands projects in Alberta.

Cenovus trims budget, slows oil sands work

Dec 16, 2014

Cenovus Energy Inc., Calgary, is trimming its capital spending in response to declining crude oil prices and will slow development of some of its thermal oil sands projects in Alberta.

Pengrowth starts commercial steam operations at Lindbergh thermal project

Dec 16, 2014

Pengrowth Energy Corp., Calgary, reported the startup of commercial steam operations at Phase 1 of its Lindbergh thermal project in the Cold Lake area of eastern Alberta.

Sunshine Oilsands appoints chief executive officer

Dec 15, 2014

Sunshine Oilsands Ltd., Calgary, has appointed Luo Hong as chief executive officer and Jiang Qi as president and chief operating officer.

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