Cold Lake oil sands

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Cold Lake oil sands
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The Cold Lake oil sands deposit is one of the largest oil sands deposits in Alberta, South of the Athabasca oil sands, and directly east of the capital Edmonton
RegionAlberta and Saskatchewan
Offshore/onshoreOnshore, unconventional

The Cold Lake oil sands are a large deposit of oil sands located near Cold Lake, Alberta.[1][2][3][4][5] Cold Lake is east of Alberta's capital, Edmonton, near Alberta's border with Saskatchewan, and a small portion of the Cold Lake field lies in Saskatchewan.

In 1980, a plant in Cold Lake was one of just two oil sands plants under construction in Alberta.[4]Although not developed as quickly and extensively as originally envisioned, an IImperial Oil plant in Cold Lake became the largest in situ oil sands project constructed in Alberta during the 1980s. By 1991, its daily oil production was 90,000 barrels.[6]

Some of the oil sands in the Cold Lake deposit have a low enough density that they can be extracted through drilling, as opposed to mining.[7]

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  1. ^ "Canada is consistently the top supplier of oil imports to the United States". United States Department of Energy. Archived from the original on 2010-06-17. Retrieved 2010-06-21. In 2008, oil sands production represented approximately half of Canada's total crude oil production. The Athabasca oil sands deposit in northern Alberta is one of largest oil sands deposits in the world. There are also sizable oil sands deposits on Melville Island in the Canadian Arctic, and two smaller deposits in northern Alberta near Cold Lake and Peace River.
  2. ^ Bruce Biossat (1973-11-23). "An oil-hungry world eyes Alberta's sand". Rome News-Tribune. Retrieved 2010-06-22. Great as is the Athabasca spread, where real scientific exploration began just 60 years ago, it's not the full story. Alberta hold three other oil sands deposits – Wabasca just southwest of Athabasca, Cold Lake to the south, Peace River to the west.
  3. ^ Tom Cohen (2003-02-23). "Canada's oil sands gain importance in an unstable political climate". The Dispatch. Retrieved 2010-06-22. Stringham said total investment in the oil sands – which include the Athabasca River, Cold Lake and Peace River regions around Fort McMurray, 210 miles northeast of Edmonton – was $11.3 billion from 1996-2001, with another $4.6 billion on new projects under construction and at least $16.6 billion more in potential projects through 2010.
  4. ^ a b "Don't cancel oil sands plants Alberta warns". Montreal Gazette. 1980-11-19. Retrieved 2010-06-22. Ottawa would inflict serious economic losses on all Canada if it cancels development of Alberta's two oil sands plants, Alberta Energy Minister Merv Leitch said yesterday. Leitch said the Alsands and Cold Lake plants could be developed for export production if the oil is not needed for eastern Canadian use.
  5. ^ O.P. Strausz. "The Chemistry of the Alberta Oil Sand Bitumen" (PDF). University of Alberta. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-06-01. Retrieved 2010-06-22.
  6. ^ "Cold Lake - Oil Sands - Alberta's Energy Heritage". Retrieved 2020-01-09.
  7. ^ "Premium Petroleum Corp. Increases Lands Position to 11,520 Acres". Premium Petroleum Corp. 2007-09-19. Retrieved 2010-06-22. After 5 or 6 days the well was checked again, only to discover approximately 250 meters (820 feet) head of oil was present in the well bore - evidence that Oil Sands had been encountered, and that it was Flowing Oil Sands. In accordance with Alberta Energy's designation, the project is categorized Oil Sands; located in the southern part of the Cold Lake Oil Sands district.