Bitumen

Williams Unit Opens 15,000 b/d Liquids Byproducts Extraction Plant in Alberta

Canada’s chief fossil fuel producer province has moved closer to fulfilling ambitions of winning a role in the forecast North American petrochemical renaissance, thanks to an Oklahoma specialty firm in gas processing and transportation.

March 28, 2016

Alberta Oilsands Trying Substitutes For Natural Gas in Producing Heavy Oil

Poor prices are breathing life into plans to slow down the growth rate of natural gas use by northern Alberta thermal oilsands plants, the biggest Canadian industrial fuel consumer and source of carbon emissions.

November 6, 2015
Oilsands Efficiency Gains Hard Fought as NatGas Consumption Remains High

Oilsands Efficiency Gains Hard Fought as NatGas Consumption Remains High

Natural gas consumption for thermal oilsands extraction — Canada's biggest, fastest-growing industrial fuel burner — stubbornly resists efficiency efforts and could increase faster than bitumen output, according to a new industry review.

May 1, 2015
Oilsands Efficiency Gains Hard Fought as Gas Consumption Remains High

Oilsands Efficiency Gains Hard Fought as Gas Consumption Remains High

Natural gas consumption for thermal oilsands extraction — Canada’s biggest, fastest-growing industrial fuel burner — stubbornly resists efficiency efforts and could increase faster than bitumen output, according to a new industry review.

May 1, 2015
Alberta Oilsands NatGas Demand to Drive NGTL Expansion

Alberta Oilsands NatGas Demand to Drive NGTL Expansion

Traffic on TransCanada Corp.’s western pipeline grid, Nova Gas Transmission Ltd. (NGTL), will increase by 42% over the next 10 years as thermal oilsands production grows and spreads across northern Alberta, the system’s planners said.

March 12, 2015
Alberta Feels Biggest Oil Price Pain in Bitumen Royalties

Alberta Feels Biggest Oil Price Pain in Bitumen Royalties

Alberta Premier Jim Prentice is highlighting a government reason for persistent growth of oilsands plants and their natural gas use as he canvasses his electorate for politically acceptable revenue alternatives to royalties on production of provincially owned energy resources.

January 16, 2015
Canada Oilsands Production Continues Growth, Strong NatGas Use

Canada Oilsands Production Continues Growth, Strong NatGas Use

Canadian natural gas producers are going to keep their biggest industrial customer as thermal oilsands plants weather the fourth global oil price storm since commercial production of the northern Alberta resource began 47 years ago.

December 18, 2014

NGLs on the Move in Western Canada

While natural gas prices and production languish in Western Canada, demand for liquid byproducts has made drilling and building extraction plant and pipeline capacity into a growth specialty.

January 22, 2014

Keystone XL Skirmishing Continues in Texas

A county court judge in Nacogdoches, TX, on Thursday dissolved a landowner’s temporary restraining order (TRO) against TransCanada Corp. that attempted to stop construction of the southern portion of the Keystone XL Pipeline from Canada.

December 17, 2012

Murphy Oil to Keep ‘Very’ Focused on Eagle Ford

Murphy Oil Corp.’s plans to spin off its downstream operations will allow it to focus more time and money on exploration and production (E&P) opportunities, including a big leasehold in the Eagle Ford Shale, executives said Tuesday.

October 17, 2012
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