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Innovation and tenacity have always been at the heart of the oilsands industry, but the leaders of today live in a different world than the leaders of the past. As the oilsands industry matures, the innovations required and the mechanisms to enable and guide those innovations to fruition have changed and continue to shift.
COSTS Production capacity continues to grow, but comes at an increasingly higher price
Safe Travels - Tales from the trip
Re-Affirming the pledge
Emotion catches Jeremy Hunka by surprise as he relives the highway crisis that could have killed or crippled his six-month-old son, his wife or him.
Earlier this year, Total E&P Canada Ltd. suspended its $11-billion Joslyn North Mine. Doomed by poor economics, the project joined others like the indefinitely delayed Pierre River and unsanctioned Northern Lights mines to gather dust on an increasingly crowded shelf.
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Video: UTF headframe levelled and demolished
Plus: More UTF stories and history
The Alberta Oil Sands Technology Research Authority's Underground Test Facility (UTF) was a game-changing site for the oilsands industry, proving the viablity of steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) technology. SAGD of course has unlocked huge bitumen resources too deep for surface mining but too shallow for higher-pressure thermal methods. Built in the 1980s, the UTF was decommissioned in fall 2013.
A moratorium was announced in April 2014 regarding the Canadian food service sector’s access to the TFWP. The reason: to consider changes to the TFWP to ensure that Canadian employers look first to the domestic labour force to fill open positions. The subsequent changes were at least partially in response to frequent complaints from Canadian employees of perceived abuses of the TFWP by larger food industry companies.
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August 21, 2014
The board of directors of Southern Pacific Resources Corp. has concluded its strategic review process.
August 20, 2014
Connacher Oil and Gas Limited’s production improved 18 per cent, to 13,689 bbls per day, during the second quarter of 2014, and its net loss narrowed while revenue increased but cash flow slumped a bit (see tables).
Month in review (free access)
A National Energy Board (NEB) decision on Kinder Morgan Canada Inc.’s proposed Trans Mountain expansion will be delayed by seven months after the board determined it needed more information on the feasibility of rerouting the pipeline in the Burnaby, B.C., area.
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