Small modular reactors (SMRs) still have a ways to go to reach the technology readiness stage for oilsands usage, says Allan Fogwill, president and chief executive officer of the Canadian Energy Research Institute (CERI).
April 16, 2021, 12 AM MDT
As commercial SAGD production enters its 20th year of production in northern Alberta, solvents are emerging as the next commercial advance to tackle the sector’s high emissions intensity bitumen production while cutting costs.
April 15, 2021, 12 AM MDT
Suncor Energy Inc. is well on its way to fully automating its 150-vehicle heavy hauler fleet in what will be the biggest investment in the autonomous trucks the world, while advancing its end pit lake mine tailings containment solution, said Jon Mitchell, vice-president, sustainability.
April 15, 2021, 12 AM MDT
Kelowna-based Vorsana Environmental Inc., a clean technology company focused on improving the environmental performance of the fossil fuel and industrial sectors, has purchased Calgary-based NanosTech, which has developed a field-based bitumen upgrading technology that can reduce CO2 emissions by 35 per cent and more, while leading to significant cost reductions for producers.
April 12, 2021, 6 AM MDT
Wes Jickling, president and CEO of Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA), has strong opinions on the importance of the Canadian oil and gas sector’s role in the energy transition and, not surprisingly, technology research and development is front and centre.
March 31, 2021, 6 AM MDT
As the global energy sector conceives a new, and disruptive, path towards a low carbon future — there are some who are viewing this paradigm shift as the glass being half empty.
March 29, 2021, 2:17 PM MDT
While the oil and gas industry must look through a vastly different lens than in the past as it adjusts to the new realities beget by the energy transition as momentum to decarbonize ramps-up, Jon Mitchell, vice-president of sustainability at Suncor Energy Inc., says he’s confident the Canadian sector can adapt and thrive.
March 26, 2021, 6:14 AM MDT
An initiative that was launched last year by the University of Calgary, Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA) and others will lead to the development of a centralized database that will be a kind of one-stop resource to measure the health and sustainability of northeastern Alberta’s wetlands, which cover a large part of the province.
March 26, 2021, 12 AM MDT
Alberta Innovates is providing Acceleware Ltd. with a contribution of up to $5 million for the RF XL commercial pilot test at Marwayne.
March 17, 2021, 5:40 AM MDT
After almost two decades and total investments in technology development that are nearing $100 million, Calgary-based Titanium Corporation may finally be closer to developing a commercial plant in Alberta to develop titanium and zircon, two valuable minerals that are used for everything from paint pigments and ceramic tiles to knee replacements and golf clubs.
March 1, 2021, 6 AM MST
In 2021/22, the Alberta government will spend $3.1 billion “to support economic recovery and sector strategies,” including on technology and innovation.
February 25, 2021, 3:35 PM MST
Becoming a world leading investment site for carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS) and potentially hydrogen is the simplest pathway for Alberta to have an energy future despite declining global oil demand, an energy consultant said Wednesday.
February 25, 2021, 8:09 AM MST
Royal Dutch Shell released its latest round of long-term global energy scenarios earlier this month, conveniently pushing the outlook period from 2070 to 2100, with the potential of cataclysmic climate change looming large over the remainder of this century.
February 24, 2021, 6 AM MST
Imperial Oil Limited will be engaging with its majority owner, Exxon Mobil Corporation, to see if the Canadian producer can benefit from the U.S. oil major’s new division established to commercialize technologies that reduce carbon emissions.
February 2, 2021, 1:27 PM MST
Imperial Oil Limited’s Kearl oilsands project started off 2021 on a strong note, achieving the highest production for the month of January for the asset at more than 250,000 bbls/d.
February 2, 2021, 1:35 PM MST
The first field trial is likely two years away but researchers at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) are hopeful that plants — aided by bacteria — can help to cost-effectively dewater and speed up the reclamation of the vast tailings ponds in the Alberta oilsands.
January 25, 2021, 6:11 AM MST
Combusting bitumen products in internal combustion car and truck engines, its major use right now, may amount to sending a much more valuable commodity up in smoke.
January 13, 2021, 6 AM MST
Calgary-based BitCrude Energy has successfully completed its commercial production demonstration that delivers a cost-effective, ecologically enhanced, and safe bitumen transportation process.
January 11, 2021, 9:58 AM MST
Start-up Meteor Biotech is developing new technology to uncover additional production while reducing emissions per bbl of oil at the same time in oilsands operations.
December 23, 2020, 12 AM MST
Acceleware Ltd. says that a second major oilsands producer has agreed to provide financial and technical support for the commercial-scale pilot test of its RF XL radio frequency heating system at Marwayne.
December 22, 2020, 6:23 AM MST
A second life cycle assessment (LCA) study of oilsands greenhouse gas emissions intensity involving essentially all major oilsands producers will soon be underway, an Alberta Innovates executive said Thursday.
December 18, 2020, 7:26 AM MST
When Alberta-specific data is used, upstream greenhouse gas intensity numbers for oilsands production pathways are 14 per cent to 35 per cent lower than previously published, according to a new study funded by Alberta Innovates and Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA).
December 17, 2020, 11 AM MST
Canada is at an economic crossroads.
December 9, 2020, 12 AM MST
The COVID-19 pandemic has reluctantly forced us to cancel the 2021 Daily Oil Bulletin Energy Excellence Awards, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to learn about your successes in project execution, innovation and technology, as well as environmental excellence (click here for all of the 2020 winners).
December 9, 2020, 4:24 AM MST
Suncor Energy Inc. has confirmed its ongoing support for the commercial-scale radio frequency (RF) XL pilot project at Marwayne, first announced on May 20, said Acceleware Ltd.
December 3, 2020, 8:01 AM MST