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Heavy Oil & Oilsands Guidebook IX is now available!Download your copy now
It’s here—the 2014 edition of the Heavy Oil & Oilsands Guidebook! The annual supplement to Oilsands Review, the Heavy Oil & Oilsands Guidebook examines heavy oil and oilsands development and its influencing factors holistically, providing an invaluable and unique reference tool to guide strategic decisions in this sector.
797-LNGChasing reduced costs and emissions, Shell and Caterpillar team up to run some of the world’s largest mining trucks on natural gas
Starting in 2016, a new behemoth will hit the road in the mines of the Athabasca Oil Sands Project (AOSP)—heavy haulers that run on natural gas instead of diesel. Late last year, Caterpillar Inc. and AOSP operator Shell Canada Limited announced a joint pilot to test liquefied natural gas (LNG) as fuel for heavy haulers. Caterpillar says it expects its first LNG-powered products to include the massive 400-tonne 797.
Blowing Out BlowdownCenovus commercializes cost-effective treatment and reuse, while collaborative groups pilot promising technologies for managing the waste of steam generation
Cenovus Energy Inc. says it is saving 15 cents per barrel of bitumen by installing a blowdown boiler at the tail end of each battery of four steam generators at its steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) operations.
Utah Starts Digging for OilFully funded, the first oilsands mine in the United States is now under construction
The Four Corners region of southeastern Utah is called the Valley of the Gods for its towering natural monuments and iconic red rock formations that spill across the borders of Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico.
Mark Miller hopes the television series he helped bring to life will save lives on northern Alberta’s notorious “highway of death.”
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By the end of this year, Shell Canada Limited expects to have completed the installation of an automated collision avoidance system on the approximately 1,100 trucks that enter the mining area at the Athabasca Oil Sands Project (AOSP).
LEGAL LESSONS: Sunshine, lollipops and rainbowsInducing prospective employees and its effects on reasonable notice
In Alberta’s current economic market, many employers are understandably trying to attract top talent. Companies may offer promises such as career advancement, greater responsibility, job security and/or higher compensation to induce an individual to quit their current position and join the new employer. Although this may be an effective way to attract quality employees, both parties should be aware of the concept of inducement and its potential consequences.
Oilsands academicsCanadian universities are researching and developing new ways to improve heavy oil and bitumen production economics, environmental sustainability and economic policy
University scientists across Canada are engaged in a range of heavy oil and oilsands-related research that encompasses many areas and academic disciplines, offering great potential for improved operations in the future.
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April 17, 2014
Tailings ponds have become a lightning rod for oilsands critics, says a tailings pond scientist, and while he concedes there have been problems associated with them, he believes their future is “very, very bright” as technology development and implementation will solve their challenges.
April 16, 2014
The vast size of the resource isn’t the only advantage the Alberta oilsands enjoy over bitumen-bearing sands in the United States.
Innovation is on the rise in the oilsands, but is it fast enough for ongoing sustainability success?
They call it the “valley of death.” It’s basically the treacherous gap between technology innovation and commercialization where good ideas go to die. In the oilsands, several times in the past game changing technologies have made their way across this crater, which is in reality the only reason the industry exists. And while many challenges [...]
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