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CANADA'S government will double funding for an oilsands and heavy oil research center at Devon, Alta., to $15 million. The Western Research Center there will be renamed the National Center for Upgrading Technology. Fifty-four oilsands researchers will move from Ottawa to Devon, increasing research staff there to 90. A major objective of the center is research to find ways to reduce the cost of upgrading bitumen.

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