Excavating the Alberta Oil Sands with Public Justice

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Published on July 18, 2008

Author: cpj

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John Hiemstra\'s presentation on Alberta Oil Sands. See the video from the presentation at http://cpj.blip.tv/#1036772.

Overview of oil sands developments! The Scope and the Challenge

North East Alberta

 

 

Bitumen Deposits =140,200 sq km

Size … largest known hydrocarbon deposit 1.7 to 2.5 trillion barrels in deposit 2 nd largest petroleum reserves in the world (Saudi Arabia has largest) 175 billion barrels of bitumen deemed recoverable (15% of the world reserves) With newer technologies, up to 2.5 trillion barrels might be recovered

largest known hydrocarbon deposit

1.7 to 2.5 trillion barrels in deposit

2 nd largest petroleum reserves in the world (Saudi Arabia has largest)

175 billion barrels of bitumen deemed recoverable (15% of the world reserves)

With newer technologies, up to 2.5 trillion barrels might be recovered

 

Geographical Comparison larger than the state of Florida 2 X size of New Brunswick 4.5 X size of Vancouver Island greater than the entire country of Honduras (112,088 sq. km)

larger than the state of Florida

2 X size of New Brunswick

4.5 X size of Vancouver Island

greater than the entire country of Honduras (112,088 sq. km)

 

Current production Currently, 1.1 million barrels bitumen/day about 1/3 Alberta’s total oil production expected to rise to 2.7 million barrels / day by 2015 oil sands could supply Canada’s energy needs for 475 years or total world needs for up to 15 years

Currently, 1.1 million barrels bitumen/day

about 1/3 Alberta’s total oil production

expected to rise to 2.7 million barrels / day by 2015

oil sands could supply Canada’s energy needs for 475 years

or total world needs for up to 15 years

Future Potential

Currently industry recovers 1.1 million barrels of bitumen / day = about 1/3 Alberta’s total oil production expected to rise to 2.7 million barrels / day by 2015 oil sands could supply Canada’s energy needs for more than 475 years or total world needs for up to 15 years

= about 1/3 Alberta’s total oil production

expected to rise to 2.7 million barrels / day by 2015

oil sands could supply Canada’s energy needs for more than 475 years

or total world needs for up to 15 years

Open pit mining method

Open pit mining : 19% of reserve close to the surface ‘ truck and shovel mining’ method move enough ‘overburden’ [sic] and oil sands every 2 days to fill Toronto’s Skydome 2 tonnes must be dug up, moved and processed to produce 1 barrel of oil

19% of reserve close to the surface

‘ truck and shovel mining’ method

move enough ‘overburden’ [sic] and oil sands every 2 days to fill Toronto’s Skydome

2 tonnes must be dug up, moved and processed to produce 1 barrel of oil

 

 

 

Extraction, processing and end-products hot water extraction technique is used to separate bitumen from oil sands 75% of the bitumen can be recovered from sand

hot water extraction technique is used to separate bitumen from oil sands

75% of the bitumen can be recovered from sand

 

 

70% used for transport fuels—gasoline, diesel, jet fuel

Pipelines through Jasper

Massive tailings ponds

2 nd largest dam in the world

 

Sometimes directly beside the Athabasca River

Forest reclamation

Alternative extraction methods 81% of oil sands reserves too deep to be open pit mined (deeper than 75 metres) other processes are being developed leading process, at the moment, are in situ steam operations E.g. Steam-Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD).

81% of oil sands reserves too deep to be open pit mined (deeper than 75 metres)

other processes are being developed

leading process, at the moment, are in situ steam operations

E.g. Steam-Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD).

 

 

 

Economic impacts Alberta GDP was $183 billion (2006) GDP growth rate of 6.6% Alberta unemployment rate 3.4 % (March 2008) CPI Inflation Rate 3.5 % (Jan 2008) Alberta’s GDP per capita was $58,394 45% above Canadian average of $40,351 40% above second place Ontario $100B investment expected between 2000-2020

Alberta GDP was $183 billion (2006)

GDP growth rate of 6.6%

Alberta unemployment rate 3.4 % (March 2008)

CPI Inflation Rate 3.5 % (Jan 2008)

Alberta’s GDP per capita was $58,394

45% above Canadian average of $40,351

40% above second place Ontario

$100B investment expected between 2000-2020

Where are we going?

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