Suncor shares slip after fire interrupts Fort McMurray oil sands output
Two upgraders at the project are working at minimum rates to process strip-mined bitumen inventory.
Oil and gas spending estimates adjusted lower as uncertainties persist
$23.3 billion to be invested in Canada this year, down from about $37 billion in a January forecast.
Canadian oilpatch cutbacks to continue despite OPEC deal
Doesn’t match the reduction in demand caused by measures taken to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Shipping bitumen: A semi-solid and greener alternative to liquified
Alberta innovators take some of the risk out of bitumen transport.
New tech moves oil sands bitumen in container to West Coast
BitCrude process uses an electrically powered diluent recovery unit to produce a product that’s non-flammable.
Experts say no government can bring back Alberta bitumen boom
Research suggests while renewables are still small, they play a big role in meeting new demand.
Alberta to partially backstop new $2B dollar bitumen upgrader
Would convert 77,000 barrels of diluted bitumen daily into medium synthetic crude and an ultra low sulphur diesel.
Impact of diluted bitumen on young sockeye salmon deadly: study
Almost 50% of the salmon exposed to the highest amount died during the first two months after they were moved to clean water.
Suncor cuts oil sands production guidance to reflect Syncrude outage
Revised output expected to be 422,500 barrels per day, down from 440,000 bpd.
Syncrude outage expected to ease pipeline congestion, boost heavy oil prices
Production of upgraded bitumen could remain offline at its works north of Fort McMurray through July.
Metals miner has developed oil sands partial upgrading technology
Sherritt’s process creates a lighter barrel of oil that will flow in a pipeline without being diluted.
Oil sands technology alliance aims for cuts in industry’s need for steam
It’s responsible for about 56 million tonnes per year of the total of 71 million tonnes of GHGs emitted.
Suncor says Syncrude maintenance turnaround planned for April to start early
Will help deal with an issue that is constraining capacity on a line that feeds bitumen from the mine to the upgrader.
Alberta to invest $1B in eight years on bitumen upgrading projects
Loan guarantees and grants to attract from two to five partial oil upgrading facilities and $5 billion of private investment.
Oil sands tech touted for boosted pipeline capacity years from deployment
As much as 30% more bitumen could be stuffed into existing pipelines if it is partially refined.
Oil sands crude pellets touted as cure for risky bitumen transport
Self-sealing balls of bitumen can then be moved in coal rail cars or transport trucks.
New technologies to boost profits, reduce costs, limit oil sands emissions
Newly constructed well projects likely to be profitable at benchmark oil prices of about US$50 per barrel.
Opponents target US West Coast crude by rail
Among the concerns is the prospect of more ‘dirty’ Alberta bitumen coming to the area.
Feds hiding legitimate concerns over oil sands pipelines, critics say
Unpublished report says potential toxic effects and environmental threats from bitumen pipelines are relatively unknown.
Bitumen spill effects unknown, unpublished federal report reveals
Document was obtained by Greenpeace under freedom-of-information legislation.
BC makes natural gas pipelines oil and bitumen free
Government says regulation should address First Nations concerns about environmental issues associated to oil pipelines.
Siemens to supply gas turbines at Shell’s Carmon Creek project
The heavy oil project is expected to produce about 80,000 barrels of bitumen per day using steam recovery methods.
Decision on Montreal coker coming by early next year, Suncor says
The coker project would cut crude costs at the refinery, which has long relied on pricey overseas imports.
NEB approves Enbridge’s Line 9 reversal plan
The approval subject to conditions, including Enbridge undertaking activities involving pipeline integrity, emergency response.
Energy East pipeline would increase GHG emissions: study
Pembina Institute wants regulators to consider climate impacts during hearings.
Canadian Oil Sands to spend more than $1.1B on Syncrude projects
Mildred Lake and Centrifuge Tailings Management take bulk of the spending.
Oil sands boom brings economic risks: Pembina report
Governments need to mitigate risks and regional disparities associated with rapid oilsands expansion, institute says.
Alberta, China sign framework deal to collaborate on energy, resource issues
Deal on sustainable energy development gives Alberta direct access to decision-makers and strategists in China.
Throne speech: It’s time to ‘seize the moment’ on pipelines
Getting Alberta bitumen to market is the matter that must be seized.
Black wants federal loan guarantees for proposed Kitimat refinery
They would enable his company Kitimat Clean Ltd. to secure loans at a lower cost.
Pipeline debates best fought at local level: Kinder Morgan
Pipeline builder is filing an application to nearly triple the size of its Trans Mountain line.
US oil sands opponents focus on BC pipeline proposals
New oil proposals would turn Pacific Northwest into a giant shipping lane.