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Canadian Oil Sands upstream summary

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20 March 2018

Canadian Oil Sands upstream summary

Report summary

Canada's oil sands are one of the world's largest single petroleum deposits, estimated to hold between 1.5 and 2.5 trillion barrels of in-place bitumen. The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has estimated remaining established reserves of 170 billion barrels, placing Canada alongside Saudi Arabia and Venezuela as one of the largest reserve holders globally. Canada enjoys a position as a strategically important source of reserves and production. Furthermore, in contrast to its ...

Table of contents

  • Executive summary
  • Key facts
  • Location maps
  • Key companies
    • Introduction
    • Structure
    • Reservoirs
    • Western Canadian sedimentary basin
    • Athabasca Oil Sands
      • Overburden
      • Colorado Group
      • Grand Rapids Formation
      • Clearwater Formation
      • McMurray Formation
      • Devonian
    • Cold Lake Oil Sands
      • McMurray Formation
      • Wabiskaw Formation
      • Clearwater Formation
    • Licensing
    • Regulation
  • Reserves and resources
    • Oil/Liquids
    • Production Techniques
    • Introduction
    • Oil infrastructure
    • Upgrading
    • Hubs
    • Athabasca Region
    • Cold Lake Region
    • Trunk Lines
      • The pipeline graveyard
    • Diluent Transport Lines
    • Rail loading
    • Capital costs
      • Capital expenditure by location
      • Capital expenditure by development status
    • Operating costs
      • Operating expenditure by location
      • Operating expenditure by development status
    • Key legislation
    • Oil Sands Conservation Act
      • Purposes of Act
    • Alberta Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act
    • Regulatory body
    • Alberta Energy Regulator (AER)
      • Vision
      • Mandate
    • Canadian Energy Regulator (CER)
    • Impact Assessment Agency of Canada
    • Licensing
    • Award of Licences
    • Development Application
    • Shallow In Situ Development
    • CNRL Primrose Flow to Surface
    • Current fiscal terms
    • UPSTREAM
    • MID/DOWNSTREAM
      • Pipelines
      • Gas Utilisation
    • CURRENT FISCAL TERMS
      • Bonuses, rentals and fees
      • Royalty and other production taxes
      • Corporate (or Petroleum) Income Tax
    • Historical background
    • Pre-1990s
    • 1990s
    • 2000s

Tables and charts

This report includes 30 images and tables including:

  • Liquids Production
  • Key facts: Table 1
  • Canadian Oil Sands Index Map
  • Canadian Oil Sands Detail Map
  • Remaining Commercial and Technical Reserves at 01/01/2018
  • Liquids and Gas Production 2018
  • Capital Expenditure 2018
  • Net Acreage 2018
  • Reserves and resources: Table 1
  • Reserves and resources: Table 2
  • Reserves and resources: Table 3
  • Production: Table 1
  • Production: Table 2
  • Liquids Production
  • Liquids Production by Development Status
  • Oil Sands Infrastructure Map
  • Infrastructure: Table 1
  • Fiscal terms: Table 7
  • Appendix
  • Athabasca Oil Sands Stratigraphic Column
  • Capital Expenditure by Region (US$ Million)
  • Costs: Table 1
  • Costs: Table 2
  • Operating Expenditure by Region (US$ Million)
  • Fiscal terms: Table 1
  • Fiscal terms: Table 2
  • Fiscal terms: Table 3
  • Fiscal terms: Table 4
  • Fiscal terms: Table 5
  • Fiscal terms: Table 6

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    Executive summary

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    Key facts

    PDF 684.46 KB

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    Location maps

    PDF 1.03 MB

  • Document

    Key companies

    PDF 739.02 KB

  • Document

    Geology

    PDF 726.20 KB

  • Document

    Exploration

    PDF 690.35 KB

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    Reserves and resources

    PDF 715.22 KB

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    Production

    PDF 742.93 KB

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    Infrastructure

    PDF 918.91 KB

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    Costs

    PDF 740.76 KB

  • Document

    Policy and regulation

    PDF 714.47 KB

  • Document

    Fiscal terms

    PDF 756.47 KB

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