AOSTRA CLAIMS MAJOR OILSANDS BREAKTHROUGH

Alberta Oil Sands Technology and Research Authority (Aostra) has completed a horizontal well in situ steam injection project it calls a major breakthrough in commercially producing bitumen from the vast Athabasca oilsands deposit in Alberta. Aostra said its $71 million (Canadian) proof of concept pilot underground test facility (UTF) near Fort McMurray, achieved a 60% bitumen recovery rate, compared with less than 20% recovery typically achieved with Alberta bitumen. More than 100,000 bbl of

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