The Oil Drum on the oil sands


in Canada, Economics, The environment

Chains in a forklift

Over at The Oil Drum, there is a two part series on Canada’s oil sands.

The second part includes data on production trends, as well as projections on the share of Canadian oil production expected to come from the Athabasca oil sands. By 2019, they project it will be the dominant source of output. On climate change, the article makes the point that most of the emissions still come from burning the final fuel, which means adding carbon capture capabilities to upgraders isn’t a sufficient response, even if it does prove safe and economically viable. We really need to just leave that carbon in the ground.

On a side note, there is apparently an ‘The Oil Sands Discovery Centre’ museum in Fort McMurray.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

R.K. September 1, 2009 at 7:54 pm

From part 2:

“Alberta will ramp up oil sands, to the best of its ability”

Yeah, that seems about right.

. September 1, 2009 at 8:01 pm

PetroChina buys 60% stake in oil sands project

Workers at a PetroChina oil field in Tongnan, southwest China’s Sichuan province. REUTERS

$1.9-billion deal for Athabasca stake gives state-owned firm access to major bitumen source

Woodsy September 1, 2009 at 8:50 pm


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