Canada

Saskatchewan heavy oil production relatively stable despite lower prices

Saskatchewan heavy oil production relatively stable despite lower prices

Husky Energy, Blackpearl Resources report operating costs as low as 8-$9USD/b Despite lower oil prices and reduced drilling activity in western Canada since 2014, production of conventional heavy oil in Saskatchewan remained relatively stable, according to an NEB press release. Over this period, the benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) oil price dropped 53 per cent and drilling activity […]

Alberta government to review orphaned and abandoned wells

Alberta government to review orphaned and abandoned wells

Currently 152,000 inactive or abandoned wells, 53,000 shy of total active wells in Alberta The Alberta government announced it’s working with industry and experts through a formal review process to find better ways to protect Albertans and the environment by improving policies for managing old oil and gas facilities, orphaned and abandoned wells, according to a Government […]

Alberta bans temporary foreign workers in 29 skilled trades

Alberta bans temporary foreign workers in 29 skilled trades

As of Dec., Alberta had third highest number of EI recipients in Canada at 97,870 Albertans will be first in line for available jobs under a new federal-provincial pilot project that will help employers hire locally, according to a government press release. The new Employer Liaison Service will be piloted over 24 months and will […]

Alberta Energy Regulator appealing orphan well decision to Supreme Court

Alberta Energy Regulator appealing orphan well decision to Supreme Court

Decision may lead to more wells, facilities, and pipelines being sent to Orphan Well Association The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) will be seeking leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada a recent Alberta Court of Appeal decision, according to a press release. In the 2-1 Alberta Court of Appeal decision, the majority dismissed […]

Trans Mountain Expansion route will impact some BC, Alberta landowners

Trans Mountain Expansion route will impact some BC, Alberta landowners

NEB will consider whether proposed detailed route is best possible The proposed route for the Trans Mountain Expansion pipeline from Alberta to Burnaby, BC will mostly follow the right of way of the existing Kinder Morgan line, but still must be assessed by the National Energy Board, which is encouraging land owners who think their […]

Canada’s global ranking in renewable energy generation – NEB

Canada’s global ranking in renewable energy generation – NEB

Canada ranking 20th in global share of electricity generation from wind in 2015 Canada is a world leader in hydroelectric generation, according to the National Energy Board, which may explain why it lags in other forms of renewable energy. Nine countries generate at least half of their electricity from hydropower. In 2015, Canada generated 61 per cent […]

PSAC boosts 2017 drilling forecast 60%, service rates rise more slowly

PSAC boosts 2017 drilling forecast 60%, service rates rise more slowly

3,320 wells to be drilled in Alberta, up from 1,900 wells in the original PSAC forecast The Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC) announced a revision of the forecasted number of wells drilled across Canada for 2017 to 6,680 wells, according to a press release. That’s an increase of 2,505 wells and a 60 per cent […]

Minister Carr launches ‘Generation Energy’ dialogue for Canadian energy path

Minister Carr launches ‘Generation Energy’ dialogue for Canadian energy path

Information will be used to design an approach focused on innovation, jobs and affordable energy Energy plays an important role in the daily lives of Canadians. It powers our homes, keeps us connected and takes us where we want to go, according to Minister of Natural Resources Jim Carr in a press release. The way Canada delivers […]

Fewer natural gas companies operating in western Canada – NEB

Fewer natural gas companies operating in western Canada – NEB

Total natural gas production in 2009 and 2016 was almost the same New technology has reshaped the upstream oil and gas sector. In 2009, over 600 companies operated natural gas production wells in western Canada, according to the National Energy Board. In 2016, that number had fallen to less than 500 operators despite total natural gas […]

TransAlta board approves plan to accelerate transition to clean power in Alberta

TransAlta board approves plan to accelerate transition to clean power in Alberta

TransAlta expects federal, provincial regulations will be adopted to facilitate coal-to-gas conversions TransAlta Corporation announced its board of directors approved a strategy to accelerate the transition of the company to gas and renewables generation, according to a press release. This strategy includes: retirement of Sundance Unit 1 effective Jan. 1, 2018; mothballing of Sundance Unit 2 […]