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

Andora Sawn Lake SAGD pilot begins bitumen production

Sep 18, 2014

Andora Energy Corp. has recompleted its pilot steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) well in Sawn Lake, Alta., and expects a stable bitumen production rate and steam oil ratio over the next 2 months.

API official calls for end to nearly 6-year Keystone XL permit delay

Sep 16, 2014

Three days before the sixth anniversary of TransCanada Corp.’s original filing for presidential approval of the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline’s cross-border permit application, an American Petroleum Institute official said the Obama administration is catering to a small minority at the expense of the US national interest and the wishes of the vast majority of ordinary Americans.

AER approves conversion to low-pressure steaming at CNRL’s Primrose East

Sep 16, 2014

Alberta Energy Regulator has approved an application by Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. to convert to low-pressure steamflooding at its Primrose East Area 1 bitumen project.

Surmont files OSCA application with AER for Wildwood oil sands project

Sep 12, 2014

Surmont Energy Ltd., Calgary, has submitted an Oil Sands Conservation Act application with Alberta Energy Regulator for its Wildwood steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) project.

Watching Government: Is a Citgo sale imminent?

Sep 8, 2014

Reports that the Venezuelan government wants to sell Citgo Petroleum Corp. have surfaced periodically for nearly a decade.

Devon Canada files with AER for Walleye oil sands project

Sep 5, 2014

Devon Canada Corp. has submitted applications with Canada’s Alberta Energy Regulator for its Walleye steam-assisted gravity drainage project.

CERI: Market access key to Canadian bitumen output

Sep 1, 2014

Outcomes in two areas of critical uncertainty can mean a difference in Canadian bitumen production in 2030 of 1.7-1.8 million b/d, according to a study published by the Canadian Energy Research Institute.

CNRL files OSCA application with AER for Grouse oil sands project

Aug 27, 2014

Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. has submitted an Oil Sands Conservation Act application with Alberta Energy Regulator for its Grouse steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) project.

AER strengthens air quality requirements for Peace River operators

Aug 19, 2014

Addressing emissions and odors, Alberta Energy Regulator says it has strengthened requirements to capture casing and tank top gas from heavy oil and bitumen operations in the Peace River region.

BlackPearl files OSCA application for Blackrod SAGD

Aug 19, 2014

Alberta Energy Regulator reports that BlackPearl Resources Inc., Calgary, has filed an Oil Sands Conservation Act application for the Blackrod commercial steam-assisted gravity drainage project.

Osum completes purchase of Orion project from Shell

Aug 1, 2014

Osum Production Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of Osum Oil Sands Corp., Calgary, has completed its purchase of the Orion oil sands project in the Cold Lake region of Alberta from Shell Canada for $325 million (Can.).

CERI: Costs up for oil sands production

Jul 23, 2014

The costs of producing bitumen and synthetic crude in the Albertan oil sands have increased over the past year, says the Canadian Energy Research Institute in an annual report that projects steady growth in output.

AER responds to reports on cause of Primrose bitumen leaks

Jul 22, 2014

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) said on July 22 that it agrees with the assessment that the steaming strategy and wellbore issues were the main contributing factors to last year’s bitumen flow-to-surface (FTS) incidents at the east and south sections the Primrose project operated by Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (CNRL).

Suncor, GE aim to reduce GHG emissions, water usage in oil sands

Jul 9, 2014

Suncor Energy Inc., Calgary, and GE have signed two agreements that aim to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and water usage in the oil sands.

WoodMac: NorAm oil output increases to outpace Middle East 4:1 by 2020

Jun 12, 2014

By 2020, increases in North American oil production will outpace that of the Middle East by 4:1 on a per barrel basis, and by 2030, North American output will increase by 390 million tonnes of oil equivalent (mtoe) from 650 mtoe in 2009, according to long-term analysis of global energy trends by Wood Mackenzie.

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