Oil sands production accounted for 28.8% of total Canadian gas demand in 2016

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Alberta’s oil sands operations accounted for 28.8% From 2005 to 2016, natural gas purchased by oil sands projects more than tripled, from 0.73 Additionally, natural gas is used in oil sands mining to heat water to separate bitumen from sand.

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Carcinogenic air pollutants from oil sands ‘greatly underestimated’

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A study of an oil sands field in Alberta, Canada has revealed that officially reported emissions of certain hazardous air pollutants have been greatly underestimated by as much as two or three times.

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Canada and Alberta introduce joint plan for improved environmental monitoring in the oil sands

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Proposed oil sands monitoring by 2015. The program is designed to provide an improved understanding of the long-term cumulative effects of oil sands development. A key consideration related to the development of the oil sands is that of habitat disturbance.

Statoil postponing Corner oil sands project for minimum of 3 years; rising costs, limited pipeline access

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Statoil will postpone the previously planned Corner field development at the Kai Kos Dehseh (KKD) oil sands project in Alberta, Canada, for a minimum of three years, due in part to rising labor and materials costs and market access issues including limited pipeline access.

New study suggests reported PAH emissions in oil sands region greatly underestimated

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Results from a new modeling assessment of contamination in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region (AOSR) suggest that officially reported emissions of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in that region have been greatly underestimated. Emissions Oil sands

Enbridge to twin southern section of its Athabasca oil sands pipeline for about $1.2B

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will twin the southern section of its Athabasca Pipeline from the Kirby Lake, Alberta terminal to the Hardisty, Alberta crude oil hub at an estimated cost of approximately C$1.2 Infrastructure Oil sandsEnbridge liquid pipelines with Athabasca twinning project shown.

Study finds plausibly high volumes of Canadian oil sands crudes in US refineries in 2025 would lead to modest increases in refinery CO2 emissions

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An analysis of the US refining sector, based on linear programming (LP) modeling, finds that refining plausibly high volumes of Canadian oil sands crudes in US refineries in 2025 would lead to a modest increase in refinery CO 2 emissions (ranging between 5.4% The estimates account both for increased oil sands crude in the refinery crude slate and the imposition of new fuel sulfur specifications, which require additional refining effort.

Fluid thermal processing of Mongolian oil sands

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A study by a team from the State Key Laboratory of Heavy Oil Processing, China University of Petroleum found that fluid thermal processing of. il sands is a feasible process for the production of an upgraded bitumen-derived liquid from Inner Mongolian oil sand. Oil sands exploration in Xing’an region. Israel’s Brack Capital Energy (BCE) is exploring for oil sands reserves in the Xing’an region of Inner Mongolia.

Alabama, Mississippi to assess oil sands resources in their states

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Alabama and Mississippi are forming a partnership to further study the oil sands resources in the two states, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley and Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant announced on Saturday while speaking to the Southern States Energy Board.

Study concludes permanent loss of peatlands in open-pit oil sands mining adds significantly to carbon burden of oil sands production

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Researchers at the University of Alberta (Canada) have quantified the transformation of the boreal landscape by open-pit oil sands mining in Alberta, Canada to evaluate its effect on carbon storage and sequestration. Oil sands deposits accessible by open-pit surface mining (as opposed to deeper deposits produced via thermal in-situ methods) cover about 475,000 ha of boreal Alberta, 99% of which is already leased. LCFS Lifecycle analysis Oil sands

Cenovus receives approval for Grand Rapids oil sands project; capacity to reach 180,000 bbls/d

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received approval from the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) for its 100%-owned Grand Rapids thermal oil sands project. Cenovus continues to assess other oil sands opportunities within its portfolio for future development. is a Canadian integrated oil company.

Alberta Innovates & NRCan awarding $26.2M to three oil sands clean tech projects; industry kicking in $43.3M

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Alberta Innovates has teamed up with Natural Resources (NRCan) and industry partners to take three clean oil sands technologies to commercial demonstration. This announcement is a result of NRCan’s Oil and Gas Clean Tech Program. Canada Emissions Oil sands

US BLM issues draft PEIS for oil shale and oil sands; significantly scales back public land available for commercial leasing

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The US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has published the Notice of Availability (NOA) of the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) and Possible Land Use Amendments for Allocation of Oil Shale and Tar Sands Resources on Lands Administered by the BLM in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. In addition, 91,045 acres in eastern Utah would be available for activities related to oil sands. or oil sands development. for commercial tar sands leasing.

EIA projects world energy use to increase 53% by 2035; oil sands/bitumen and biofuels account for 70% of the increase in unconventional liquid fuels

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World oil prices remain high in the IEO2011 Reference case, but oil consumption continues to grow; both conventional and unconventional liquid supplies are used to meet rising demand. Oil sands/bitumen and biofuels account for 70% of the increase in unconventional liquid fuels.

TOYO Engineering signs multi-year oil sands deal

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has signed an Engineering, Procurement, Construction (EPC) contract with JACOS (Japan Canada Oil Sands Limited) for a 20,000 bbl/day Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) production processing facility (expandable to 30,000 bbl/day) in the Hangingstone area, near Fort McMurray, Alberta. TOYO Engineering Corporation is a Japan-based, full-service EPCM company specializing in the global execution of oil and gas, petrochemical, infrastructure, and pharmaceutical projects.

ExxonMobil licenses oil sands steam injection technology to Baker Hughes

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ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company has awarded the first license for its patented steam injection system and production method to Baker Hughes to improve the efficiency of in-situ oil sands projects. Approximately 80% of Canada’s oil sands can be produced using in-situ technology, which involves the injection of steam to enable bitumen to be extracted through drilling versus surface mining.

Researcher urges more effort on assessment of land and water impacts of oil sands production; reference point for other unconventional fuels

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Bitumen production from the Canadian oil sands provides a point of reference that could be used to observe and better manage the land and water impacts of a rapid transition to unconventional fuels, suggests Dr. Sarah Jordaan of the Energy Technology Innovation Policy Research Group, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University. The production of bitumen, the hydrocarbon mixed in the sand, has grown from 0.7 Land use Oil sands Sustainability Water

Shell completes divestment of oil sand interests in Canada; retains Scotford refinery and plants

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Royal Dutch Shell plc announced the completion of two previously announced agreements by Shell Canada Energy, Shell Canada Limited and Shell Canada Resources (Shell) that will see Shell sell all its in-situ and undeveloped oil sands interests in Canada and reduce its share in the Athabasca Oil Sands Project (AOSP) from 60% to 10%. Canada Oil sands

New study finds GHG emissions from palm oil production significantly underestimated; palm oil biofuels could be more climate-damaging than oil sands fuels

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The majority (62%) of the plantations were located on the island of Sumatra, and more than two-thirds (69%) of all industrial plantations were developed for oil palm cultivation, with the remainder mostly being Acacia plantations for paper pulp production. The publication of the study coincides with the close of the comment period on a new US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) analysis of the carbon intensity of palm oil biodiesel.

Natural Resources Canada team investigates solvent extraction process for oil sand bitumen; non-aqueous alternative to hot water processing with reduced environmental impacts

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A team of two researchers from Natural Resources Canada’s CanmetENERGY reports on a new process for solvent extraction of bitumen from mineable Athabasca oil sands (i.e., In this process, oil sand is mixed with light hydrocarbon solvents, and the solvent–bitumen solution is separated from the mineral solids by centrifugal filtration or regular pressure filtration. Their findings were: Cyclopentane is a good solvent for extracting bitumen from oil sand.

Researchers exploring development of biofilms for remediation of oilsands tailings

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Researchers at the Universities of Calgary and Alberta are collaborating on a project for the microbial remediation of oil sands tailings—the waste byproducts of oil sands surface mining that are collected in large manufactured settling basins called tailing ponds.

Alberta CCEMC providing $46M for carbon capture and storage and cleaner energy projects in oil sands region

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Alberta, Canada’s Climate Change and Emissions Management (CCEMC) Corporation is providing C$46 million (US$45 million) in funding to support six new carbon capture and storage and cleaner technology projects in the Canadian oil sands region. Imperial Oil: $10 million for a Cyclic Solvent Process pilot in Cold Lake.

Consortium completes successful test of new oil sands recovery process using electromagnetic heating technology

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A technology and energy production consortium has successfully completed initial proof-of-concept testing of a novel oil sands extraction method that has the potential to improve environmental performance and reduce development costs. The test confirms the ability to successfully generate, propagate and distribute electromagnetic heat in an oil sands formation.

New lifecycle analysis of WTW GHG emissions of diesel and gasoline refined in US from Canadian oil sands crude

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In a new, comprehensive study, a team from Argonne National Laboratory, Stanford University and UC Davis ITS has estimated the well-to-wheels (WTW) GHG emissions of US production of gasoline and diesel sourced from Canadian oil sands. g CO 2 e/MJ for US conventional crude oil recovery.

Studies find oil sands-derived crude oil no more corrosive in pipelines than other crudes

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Both scientific research and industrial experience have found that bitumen-derived crude oil (i.e., crude from the oil sands) is no more corrosive in transmission pipelines than other crudes, according to Natural Resources Canada (NRC). ASTM International recently published a guide ( G205 ) for measuring the corrosivity of crude oil under pipeline conditions, based on research conducted by several organizations including the CANMET Laboratories of NRC.

Shell launches commercial operation of Quest carbon capture and storage in Alberta oil sands

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Using activated amine (ADIP-X), Quest will capture one-third of the CO 2 emissions from Shell’s Scotford Upgrader, which turns oil sands bitumen into synthetic crude that can be refined into fuel and other products. Te Storage zone is a formation called Basal Cambrian Sands (BCS).

U Calgary study finds oil shale most energy intensive upgraded fuel followed by in-situ-produced bitumen from oil sands

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A team at the University of Calgary (Canada) has compared the energy intensities and lifecycle GHG emissions of unconventional oils (oil sands and oil shale) alongside shale gas, coal, lignite, wood and conventional oil and gas.

Ceramatec licensing molten sodium technology for heavy oil upgrading; removing the need for diluent for bitumen

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An innovative oil-upgrading technology that can increase the economics of unconventional petroleum resources has been developed under a US Department of Energy-funded project. The largest US deposits of heavy oil are in California and on Alaska’s North Slope. Oil Oil sands

Alberta to establish arm’s-length environmental monitoring agency; work to begin in the oil sands region

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The new science-based agency will begin work in the oil sands region and will focus on what is monitored, how it’s monitored and where it’s monitored. While the new agency is being established, environmental monitoring in the oil sands region will continue to be led through a joint federal-provincial program announced in February.

Pollution looms over Canadian Oil Sands region

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The pollution over Canada’s oil sands region is becoming an increasingly pertinent issue as new research reveals the extent of the problem. According to a paper in Geophysical Research Letters, a publication of the American Geophysical Union, nitrogen dioxide and sulphur dioxide over the region is now comparable to that seen over a large power [.]. Global warming Latest news Canada greenhouse gas emissions

ACL to begin transporting Canadian crude by inland barge to Gulf Coast for oil sands company MEG Energy

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American Commercial Lines (ACL) will begin transporting crude oil by barge on the US inland waterways for MEG Energy (US) Inc. MEG Energy), a subsidiary of the Canadian oil sands company MEG Energy Corp. Crude oil will arrive primarily via pipeline and will be transferred to barges at storage terminals located on the inland waterways for transport by ACL to the Gulf Coast. MEG Energy is a Canadian oil sands company focused on in situ development and production.

Osum Oil Sands closes $500M private placement; new investors include government of Singapore

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Canada-based Osum Oil Sands Corp. has entered into definitive agreements with a group of investors to issue, on a private placement basis, $500 million in equity securities. The financing was led by a combination of new and existing shareholders.

Canada introduces new integrated plan for oil sands monitoring

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Summary of the current oil sands developments (mining and in-situ) and associated land use. Canada’s Environment Minister Peter Kent released an integrated monitoring plan for the oil sands region. ” —An Integrated Oil Sands Environment Monitoring Plan.

ABMI releases first report on biodiversity in Athabasca Oil Sands Area

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The Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute (ABMI) released the first comprehensive report on the status of Alberta’s species in the Athabasca Oil Sands Area (AOSA). —“The Status of Biodiversity in the Athabasca Oil Sands Area”. Canada Oil sands

Oil sands GHG lifecycle study using operating data finds lower emitting oil sands cases outperform higher emitting conventional crude cases; a call for more sophisticated tools and reporting

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Well-to-wheel (WTW) greenhouse gas emissions for in situ SAGD and surface mining pathways generated employing GHOST/TIAX/ GHGenius combination and comparison with SAGD, mining and conventional crude oil literature pathways (all results are on a HHV basis).

Canada-based Enbridge to acquire ConocoPhillips’s interest in Seaway Crude Pipeline System for US$1.15B; reversing to carry oil to Gulf Coast

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Enbridge and Enterprise agreed to reverse the direction of crude oil flows on the Seaway pipeline to enable it to transport oil from Cushing, Oklahoma to the US Gulf Coast. million barrels of crude oil tankage on the Texas Gulf Coast and four import docks at two locations.

Carbon capture won’t clean up tar sands

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Carbon capture technology will not solve the climate change threat posed by the expansion of tar sands developments, a damning new report warns today. The study entitled ‘CCS in the Alberta oil sands – a dangerous myth’ is published as part of The Co-operative Financial Services (CFS) and WWF-UK Toxic Fuels campaign, which is seeking an end to the emerging global trend of exploiting climate hostile fuels such as Canada’s tar sands.

Tailings Technology Roadmap project releases nine development roadmaps for treatment of oil sands fine tailings

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The report provides nine different Tailings Technology Deployment (TDD) Roadmaps to accelerate the implementation of oil sands tailings solutions in Alberta. sand and clay. For the project, Alberta oil sands operators—Suncor Energy, Syncrude Canada Ltd.,

Oil in ground may be worth less, Exxon concedes, unhappily

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As low oil prices remain steady, many oil companies have been forced to write down the value of their reserves. It's something oil giant ExxonMobil has resisted, even as its revenues have dropped. billion barrels of oil-sand reserves, and 1 billion barrels of other North American oil. oil Exxon fossil fuelsBut the company is now expected to reassess the value of 3.6

State Department releases final environmental impact statement on Keystone XL Pipeline Project; analysis of GHG emissions

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Comparison of the percent differential for WTW (well-to-wheel) GHGs from gasoline produced from WCSB oil sands using different production processes relative to gasoline produced from reference crudes. The US Department of State (DOS) released the final version of the Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline project today. The proposed Project is not likely to impact the amount of crude oil produced from the oil sands.