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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Crude Oil Greenhouse Gas Life Cycle Analysis Helps Assign Values For CO 2 Emissions Trading

Feb 22, 1999 Emissions of carbon dioxide are already being assigned monetary values. For example, BP is trading CO 2 internally, and Suncor has bought CO 2 trading credits across the U.S.-Canada border. There is much other rising activity in the greenhouse gas trading game, even before any real formalizing of the Kyoto agreements has been achieved.

Canadian heavy crude production seen rebounding early next decade

Jun 28, 1999 Syncrude Canada Ltd.'s oilsands plant in the Athabasca oilsands area of Alberta has been a major contributor to a recent rise in heavy oil production in Western Canada. This aerial view shows the plant facing northeast, with the feed dump pocket on the right and the extraction plant on the left. Photo courtesy of Syncrude Canada. Heavy crude oil production [28,807 bytes] The Canadian heavy crude oil sector has taken some tough knocks in the past year. The blows came mainly as a result of

Innovation key to sustainability as well as to oilsands success

Jun 28, 1999 The gateway to the Wood Bison Trail features seven silt stone carvings by aboriginal artist Brian Clark, marking the entrance to the Syncrude Canada oilsands operations site. This wetlands area is part of the Matcheetawin Discovery Trails, an interpretive display showing Syncrude Canada's reclamation efforts and a wood bison viewpoint so that visitors can see a portion of Syncrude's wood bison herd. [19,683 bytes]

Canada's Oilsands Industry Comes Of Age

Jun 28, 1999 This aerial view of the Syncrude Canada Ltd. plant shows the extraction facility at left, utilities plant and upgrading complex near the center, and feed breakers in the foreground. All photos appearing in this feature are courtesy of Syncrude Canada. A panoramic view of the North Mine. [59,432 bytes] A 240-ton heavy hauler and electrical cable shovel are used to mine oilsands at Syncrude Canada's North Mine. The Caterpillar 793B heavy hauler, when fully loaded, weighs as much as a Boeing

Industry Briefs

Aug 23, 1999 Correction

The oil shale demonstration plant
listed in the last line of the table on Australia's initial hydrocarbon indications and discoveries should have read "Stuart" and not "Surat" (OGJ, June 7, 1999, p. 39).

NMR logs find reserves by-passed by conventional analysis

Sep 27, 1999 Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) technology is proving to be an essential tool for evaluating formations, especially low-resistivity reservoirs.

Shell Canada proceeds with oilsands project

Jan 10, 2000 Much to the chagrin of environmentalists, Shell Canada Ltd. and its partners are immediately beginning construction of a $3.5 billion (Can.) oilsands project in northern Alberta.

Plans for pipeline construction remain flat; proposals abound

Feb 7, 2000 Despite a dramatic and surprisingly sustained run-up in world energy prices, operating companies' plans for petroleum (oil, condensate, and NGL) and natural gas pipeline installation during 2000 reflect almost no change from those announced a year ago for 1999 (OGJ, Feb. 8, 1999, p. 36).

Industry Briefs

Feb 14, 2000 A Feb. 4 accident at Formosa Plastics Group's Mailiao naphtha cracking complex killed three Indonesian workers employed by a South Korean subcontractor. The men asphyxiated on argon and hydrogen gas, which leaked from pipes they were installing at an aromatics plant being built at the complex.

Kinetic EIT is best method for determining catalyst bed temperatures

Mar 6, 2000 Determining the average catalyst-bed temperature by applying an Arrhenius-type rate equation gives a closer to isothermal temperature than other methods.

EOR weathers low oil prices

Mar 20, 2000 Oil & Gas Journal's exclusive biennial enhanced oil recovery (EOR) survey indicates that EOR processes have weathered the low oil price environment of the last 2 years and at the beginning of 2000 still contribute significant oil production in both the US and elsewhere.


Jun 26, 2000 New ANSI Class knife gate valves withstand high pressures and abrasive slurries met in oil sands processing and chemical operations.

Changing crudes, fuel standards will drive future refining investment

Jan 1, 2001 Future worldwide refining investment will be in response to three trends in the industry: heavier and increasingly sour crude oil processing, greater need for desulfurization, and the reduction of methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) use in the US.

Worldwide E&P spending expected to jump sharply in 2001

Jan 8, 2001 Worldwide spending on exploration and production of oil and natural gas will jump more than 19% next year, based on what Lehman Bros. called "the largest, most comprehensive study ever" of capital spending plans by independent and integrated operators.

COMPANY NEWS: Apache to acquire Repsol-YPF's Egyptian interests

Jan 29, 2001 Apache Corp., Houston, continues to wield its purchasing power in scooping up more assets that will strengthen its core areas of operations.
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