Canada’s oilsands is the third largest deposit of oil on earth, with reserves of approximately 168 billion barrels and potential resources of up to 1.8 trillion barrels. There are three main oilsands deposits, Athabasca, Cold Lake, and Peace River, as well as significant processing and transportation infrastructure in Alberta's Industrial Heartland.

More than $200 billion of new capital investment is expected in the oilsands between 2013-2022, in addition to ongoing spending on maintenance, repair and operations. This is one of Canada's most dynamic and important industries.

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Suncor okay with new tailings regulations

Suncor Energy Inc. is content with new rules for shrinking the company’s tailings ponds, particularly because they are site specific, and the regulator is suspending the current directive while it takes a close look at them. Suncor, which has seven ...

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IHS report dispels suggestion Keystone XL crude destined for export from U.S.

Most, if not all, crude oil that would be transported via the proposed Keystone XL pipeline to the United States Gulf Coast would not be exported, and the vast majority of refined product (about 70 per cent) derived from it ...

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IEA forecasting Canadian oil supply growth of 810,000 bbls/d to 2020; delays in new oilsands projects

Canadian oil production will expand by 810,000 barrels per day to just under five million barrels per day by 2020, according to a new International Energy Agency outlook, but low oil prices are hitting its main source for growth — ...

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Existing oilsands projects expected to plow through low price environment

Although many oilsands developers are cutting capital budgets, projects well underway will not only survive current and expected low oil prices but will see their costs fall while smaller, nascent projects are delayed and deferred, say industry analysts. There’s no ...

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U of A’s Centre for Earth Observation Sciences sets its sensors on climate impacts in the oilsands

An internationally respected University of Alberta (U of A) forest monitoring expert is devleoping high-tech tools to minimize the impact of oilsands development on the boreal forest. The goal is to generate a comprehensive baseline for detailed assessment of any ...

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