Imperial Oil announced, on Friday, the filing of regulatory applications with the Alberta Energy Regulator to seek approval of a new in-situ oil-sands project on its Cold Lake lease area.
The proposed Cold Lake expansion project will use solvent-assisted, steam-assisted gravity drainage (SA-SAGD) technology to access a bitumen resource in the Grand Rapids formation with recoverable potential of approximately 550 million barrels of contingent resources, development pending, which is Imperial’s share before royalties.
Imperial has successfully piloted the SA-SAGD technology at its Cold Lake operation since 2010. Based on Imperial’s research and pilot results, it is expected that SA-SAGD will result in an approximately 25 percent reduction in greenhouse gas intensity compared with existing steam-assisted gravity drainage technology through lower energy input per barrel of bitumen recovered. A similar reduction in water use intensity is also expected.
If developed, the project is expected to produce about 50,000 barrels per day of bitumen, which is Imperial’s share before royalties. Subject to timely receipt of regulatory approvals and favorable business and market conditions, construction could start as early as 2019, with production commencing as early as 2022, as outlined in the application.
The Cold Lake expansion is one of a group of in-situ oil-sands opportunities Imperial is currently evaluating. Other potential developments include the Aspen, Corner and Clyden leases in northeast Alberta.
Imperial files regulatory applications for Cold Lake Expansion project
- In-situ project will use solvent-assisted, steam-assisted gravity drainage technology
- Technology designed to reduce greenhouse-gas emission intensity, water use
- Imperial has successfully piloted technology at Cold Lake since 2010
*Press Release from Imperial Oil