Oil and Gas Industry Articles

All about the oil and gas industry in North America. Current state, future outlook, FAQs, analytics and latest industry trends from COSSD.

Articles in this section will keep you up to date with the latest industry changes and developments.

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    Peace River Oil Sands Projects FAQ

    Tar sands are also known as oil sands. It consists of thick bitumen mixed with sand, water and clay. Bitumen, being the most important component in tar sands, is made of hydrocarbons and it is used to produce gasoline and other petroleum products. Oil production from tar sands has four stages: Mining and Extraction, Processing, Refining and Cleanup.

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    Exports in Calgary FAQ

    Calgary city is the fifth largest in Canada and the biggest city in Alberta. Calgary is known for many industries, including Health, Education, Finance and Trade, Manufacturing and Agriculture. Calgary is also famous for the top companies found in the area: Shell Canada, Nova Chemicals, BP Canada Suncor Energy, Dow Chemical and Shaw Communications. 

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    Grande Prairie New Methanol Plant Project

    Grand Prairie city is located in the northwest part of Alberta in the southern part of the area, known as the Peace River Country. In 2016 it was the seventh-largest city in Alberta with a population of 63,166, and between 2001 and 2006 it was one of the fastest-growing cities in Canada. 

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    Alberta Oil Industry

    Alberta is the most prominent oil-producing province in Canada that provided 79,2% of Canadian oil production in 2015. Such products are included: light, heavy and synthetic crude oil, crude bitumen and natural-gas condensate. The most significant part of its oil production comes from Alberta’s massive oil sands deposits. The production has been continually rising in recent years. Today Canada’s oil reserves are the world’s third-largest reserves thanks to Alberta’s oil sands. Although Alberta has already produced more than 90% of its traditional crude oil reserves, it has produced only 5% of its oil sands, and the remaining oil sands reserves make up 98% of Canada’s established oil reserves. 

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    Prince George Refinery

    Prince George is the largest city in northern British Columbia. This city is well known owing to the Prince George Refinery (known as “PGR”). It is a light oil refinery that is owned by Tidewater Midstream & Infrastructure Ltd. Previously it was owned by Husky Energy company. In 2019 the refinery was sold to the Tidewater Midstream & Infrastructure Ltd. This oil refinery processes approximately 12.0 Mbbl/d of light oil and mostly produces low sulfur diesel and gasoline. These products are added to other ones that supply the greater Prince George region.

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    Fort McMurray Oil Sands

    Fort McMurray, located in the northeast part of Alberta in the middle of the Athabasca oil sands, has made a significant contribution to the development of the national petroleum industry. It is rightly regarded as a capital of oil sands. These oil sands, positioned mostly in the McMurray Formation, consist of a mixture of crude bitumen, silica sand, clay minerals, and water.

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    British Columbia Oil Imports

    The gently-sloping hills of the Western Sedimentary Basin, so conducive to the formation of oil underneath Alberta, extend through the north-east corner of mountainous British Columbia. It didn't take long for oilmen to start looking for oil in this area. After a while to transport oil to markets, a Canadian pipeline building boom happened. There were several massive projects Canada had seen up to that time. 

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    ComplyWorks, ISNetworld and Avetta FAQ

    Complyworks is a Canadian company with headquarter in Calgary, Canada. It provides flexible and affordable compliance management solutions. With the help of Complyworks, you can go beyond basic governance, risk management, and compliance requirements. In case you have a GRC process, Complyworks company will assist you in taking this process to your third parties or a consistent approach throughout your global operations. Customers from more than 90 different countries use Complyworks services these days.

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    ABSA and COR Certifications FAQ

    ABSA (Alberta Boilers Safety Association) is a safety authority of pressure equipment in Alberta. It operates the work of Alberta’s pressure equipment safety programs under the Safety Codes Act. ABSA is a regulatory authority but is not a direct part of the government.