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When one of the oilsands industry’s top five producers installs a vice-president of rail, it becomes crystal clear that the bitumen marketing game has changed.
Little by little, Inter Pipeline Ltd. has evolved from a minor player in the Canadian pipeline sector into a multi-billion dollar force, dominating the movement of bitumen from the Cold Lake, Alta., area as well as the transport of diluent to Cold Lake and the Athabasca oilsands regions. In 2013, the company handled about 35 per cent of oilsands volumes—within Alberta.
Right now, steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) is effectively writing the future of the oilsands industry. Thanks to SAGD, in situ production recently surpassed mining, and SAGD is the reason why wells are expected to produce double the bitumen volume of trucks and shovels by 2030.
Steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) is all about heat—delivering the steam into the reservoir as efficiently and effectively as possible can mean the difference between success and failure.
It’s a niche that’s getting bigger: Roger Butler’s game-changing bitumen extraction technology is gaining increasing stature in conventional heavy oil, providing impressive gains and future potential for economic stakeholders—in Saskatchewan.
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Suncor lowers spending by $1 billion, reports strong Q2 despite drop in earnings
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September 18, 2014
Cenovus Energy Inc. says it achieved first oil production at its recently completed Foster Creek phase F expansion earlier this month.
September 17, 2014
Phase 1 of a SAGD demonstration project at Swan Hills is progressing with first bitumen production recently being realized.
Month in review (free access)
A recently released Government of Alberta report says air and surface water pollution in the Athabasca oilsands region triggered exceedances at monitoring stations in 2012. The report comes as a piece of the Lower Athabasca Regional Plan, which was enacted in 2012 to consider cumulative impacts of industrial development.
Editor’s Blog
A group of ex-senior executives and recent retirees in southwest Ontarioincluding the founding chairman of the transformative Alberta Oil Sands Technology and Research Authority (AOSTRA)are launching plans to develop a bitumen upgrader in the Sarnia-Lambton region. In late August the Bowman Centre and the Sarnia-Lambton Research Park will unveil the early blueprint for the Sarnia-Lambton [...]
Oilsands Prices
Close Last Trade Day Implied
Net Energy Syncrude Closing Price* ($1.25) USD/BBL $96.59
Net Energy WCS Closing Price* ($21.75) USD/BBL $76.09
Flint Hills Segregated Condensate $112.19 CAD/BBL
NYMEX WTI June 2013 $97.84 USD/BBL
North Sea Brent Blend $107.41 USD/BBL
Canadian Par Average (40 API) $91.06 CAD/BBL
AECO/NGX Spot Price $9.35 CAD/GJ

* Expressed as a basis to WTI