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Producer of the Year 2013 Winner: Cenovus Energy Inc.The best of in situ
Harbir Chhina remembers it clearly: December 2009. Cenovus Energy Inc. had just been created through a split from EnCana Corporation, separating one of Canada’s largest energy producers into two independent companies, one focused on natural gas and the other an integrated oil producer. The latter company’s board of directors assembled the senior executive group to discuss the vision of Cenovus.
Producer of the Year 2013 Runner-Up: Pengrowth Energy CorporationFine-tuned
In developing a new oilsands project, it helps to have the type of reservoir—based on early production results—that Pengrowth Energy Corporation has in its Lindbergh steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) project.
Producer of the YearCriteria
Nominated and selected by Oilsands Review’s editorial team, the Producer of the Year must meet the following criteria:
Safe TravelsChoose wisely
Driving is one of the riskiest things people do on a daily basis, but they often don’t treat it as such. As winter approaches, it becomes important to consider how we travel—the logistics of getting in the car and moving, whether within city limits or on the highway, suddenly become more treacherous, and it’s important that individuals consider their travel time much more seriously.
Songs of the SandsA new documentary looks at the oilsands debate through the lens of the Fort McMurray karaoke scene
To Neil Young, it looks like Hiroshima. On Maude Barlow’s map, it’s found somewhere near Mordor. But for 70,000 people, it’s just home.
In the PipeThe intensifying dynamics of diluent challenge producers to reduce requirements and suppliers to add barrels
Finding incremental volumes of diluent to move bitumen from oilsands extraction areas to upgrading and refining facilities in North America is an industry challenge that often falls in the shadow of the industry’s larger issues.
High ExpectationsGerry Protti seeks to rebuild Alberta’s energy regulator in an environment no longer satisfied with industry getting the benefit of the doubt
Gerry Protti knew he faced high expectations. The title bestowed on him in April, inaugural chairman of the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER), put him on a hot seat as champion of a mission. The enlarged reincarnation of the Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) is no ordinary bureau.
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For an industry that has become both renowned for and reliant upon technological innovation, there are some surprising misconceptions surrounding patent strategies for oilsands players. The two biggest are:
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December 6, 2013
Oilsands producer MEG Energy Corp. plans capital spending of $1.8 billion next year, down from an estimated $1.94 billion this year, but the company expects 2014 production to average 60,000-65,000 bbls a day due to capital already spent.
December 5, 2013
Early-day bitumen miners at Fort Hills, producing about 250 bbls per day with estimated per-bbl costs of about $1,000 per flowing bbl in the 1930s and 1940s, were onto something, says Suncor Energy Inc.
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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