The loss of many international students due to COVID-19 travel restrictions has had a negative impact on enrollment numbers for certain post-secondary programs in Canada related to work in the oil and gas industry.
October 20, 2020, 12 AM MDT
The challenge of practical learning during a pandemic is one universities, colleges and polytechnics across Canada are currently facing, including for programs related to the oil and gas industry.
October 19, 2020, 6:21 AM MDT
The Alberta government’s “nuanced and surgical approach” to overhauling municipal taxes on oil and gas wells and associated pipelines includes exempting energy companies from property taxes for three years when drilling new wells and building new pipelines, while also eliminating the Well Drilling Equipment Tax provincewide for new drills.
October 19, 2020, 3:34 PM MDT
AltaGas Ltd. is indirectly acquiring a further 37 per cent of Petrogas Energy Corp.’s equity for about $715 million, providing approximately 74 per cent ownership of the latter.
October 16, 2020, 9:39 AM MDT
Optimally, Canadian hydrogen production will leverage existing energy assets, repurposing or reusing orphaned or inactive wells in a way that is both economically and environmentally sound, according to one Avatar Program team’s final presentation: Hydrogen in the New Energy Future.
October 14, 2020, 7:12 AM MDT
Global natural gas production likely will fall by nearly 200 billion cubic metres in 2020, says the newly-released International Energy Agency (IEA) World Energy Outlook 2020, as a more subdued macroeconomic outlook means a downward revision in supply projections, even though gas so far has been more resilient to COVID-19 impacts than crude or coal.
October 13, 2020, 10:31 AM MDT
Bringing provincial talent to the rest of the world, and vice versa, Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) has partnered with the Accelerating CCS Technology (ACT) global initiative to invest in world-class innovation that can lead to safe and cost-effective carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technology, with ERA committing $5 million to ACT’s current call for proposals — called ACT 3.
October 13, 2020, 8:15 AM MDT
Never in his lifetime has Bjørnar Tonhaugen, partner and head of oil market research at Rystad Energy AS, seen oil demand drop as significantly as it has in 2020.
October 9, 2020, 12 AM MDT
Crude oil and condensate are highly variable, and useful information around factors such as price, transportation and quality equalization are not easily attainable, making it difficult for producers to determine where best to deliver their bbls. Validere has produced a solution with Edge.
October 8, 2020, 7:21 AM MDT
Kevin Krausert, president and chief executive officer of Beaver Drilling Ltd., hopes that Alberta’s geothermal policy framework will allow Albertans to benefit from the production of geothermal heat, while also allowing them to understand geothermal economics as the energy sector develops and advances.
October 7, 2020, 2:58 PM MDT
AECO prices have seen a fairly steady downward trend in recent days, falling throughout September and particularly since the start of autumn.
October 1, 2020, 10:38 AM MDT
Industry seeks a “next new normal” in the oil and gas markets during current uncertain times, which when paired with lower commodity prices means many firms may need to permanently lower cost structures even further than they have already, says Dinara Millington, vice-president of research at the Canadian Energy Research Institute (CERI).
October 1, 2020, 7:44 AM MDT
Removing the hydrostatic test and replacing it with alternative solutions could maintain safe pipelines in Canada, while also being better for the environment and more cost effective for industry, suggests one Avatar Program team’s presentation to a panel of industry experts.
September 30, 2020, 7:27 AM MDT
When it comes to the current assessment review model (ARM) process, the province should consider working with the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) board to ensure the model is “fair and equitable” to the resource sector, while also able to share resources with all Albertans, suggested one municipal elected official during a dialogue with ministers at last week’s annual AUMA convention.
September 28, 2020, 9:22 AM MDT
Good news for natural gas producers: Canadians overwhelmingly seem to agree with the notion that exporting natural gas to countries that are using more polluting forms of energy is one of the most important things Canada can do to address climate change, according to the results of a Positive Energy survey.
September 24, 2020, 11:01 AM MDT
A secure and easy-to-use digital platform designed for collaboration between First Nations communities and oil and gas companies would effectively strengthen industry engagement with Indigenous Canadians, according to one Avatar Program presentation, and ‘TECUMSEH’ is the proposed name for that platform.
September 23, 2020, 9:53 AM MDT
The Government of Alberta will provide $2.1 million in Research Capacity Program (RCP) grants to the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), Red Deer College and Olds College, helping the post-secondary institutions perform cutting-edge research in areas such as clean energy technology, smart agriculture and 3D printing.
September 21, 2020, 5:38 PM MDT
British Columbia has allocated the first $50 million under its Dormant Sites Reclamation Program, supporting upwards of 1,200 local jobs at 79 oilfield service companies within the province, and reclaiming 1,880 wells
September 21, 2020, 12 AM MDT
A crowd of offshore oil and gas industry workers rallied at the Newfoundland and Labrador legislature in St. John’s on Wednesday, calling for government protection from ongoing turbulence in the energy sector due to falling oil prices globally and the COVID-19 economic downturn — something rally speakers note Western Canada already receives.
September 17, 2020, 7:45 AM MDT
Hydrogen provides an opportunity for energy companies to innovate, diversify and attract new investments, and blending hydrogen gas into existing pipelines would let producers quickly access lucrative West Coast and overseas markets.
September 16, 2020, 9:22 AM MDT
The bureaucracy that exists to prove out geothermal resources “without question” has held back development for Valemount, says its mayor, which is why the B.C. village that sits where the Rocky Mountain Trench intersects a fault is asking fellow communities in the province to support a simplified process that would be far less expensive.
September 16, 2020, 7:50 AM MDT
Seven Generations Energy Ltd. recognized early on in the pandemic that physical as well as mental health were at risk for workers and their families, and that the company would have to offer support in both areas for those working remotely, says Sharleen Agar, manager of people attraction, rewards, and operations.
September 11, 2020, 10:15 AM MDT
Stay-at-home mandates due to COVID-19 closed offices across the oilpatch earlier this spring — months later, some companies are giving their staff more flexibility to continue to work from home.
September 10, 2020, 9:13 AM MDT
In the post-industrial age, the most precious resource becomes access to timely and accurate information, says Thomas Siebel, chairman and chief executive officer at C3.ai.
September 10, 2020, 6 AM MDT
When should staff return to the office? That is a question many oil and gas companies are trying to answer as the ongoing, months-long pandemic pushes into the latter part of the year. For now, working remotely remains a common theme for many employees who are able to do so.
September 9, 2020, 9:35 AM MDT