More and more, companies in Canada’s oil and gas industry are building innovative partnerships to achieve business goals, from deployment of new technology and improved environmental performance to better engagement with Indigenous communities.
Suncor Energy’s landmark East Tank Farm agreement
In fall 2017 Suncor announced the completion of the approximately $500-million acquisition of 49 percent interest in its East Tank Farm development by the Fort McKay and Mikisew Cree First Nations, one of the largest business investments to date by a First Nations entity in Canada.
It is considered one model for how First Nations can achieve greater self-determination through financial independence working with local industry, fostering economic growth and development and a renewed approach to reconciliation for a vibrant and inclusive Canada.
Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance water technology pilot projects
This summer, a consortium of oilsands producers commenced operations at the groundbreaking Water Technology Development Centre (WTDC).
The $143-million facility, located at Suncor Energy’s Firebag SAGD is a partnership under COSIA that will allow its partners to test new water technologies to improve the sustainability performance of thermal in situ oilsands projects.
The “live fluid” test facility is a collaboration between Suncor, Canadian Natural Resources, CNOOC, Devon Canada and Husky Energy.
The WTDC is expected to speed the development and implementation of new water treatment technologies, shortening the current eight-year timeframe required to field test technologies, while improving returns on investment for member companies.
Husky Energy’s partnerships for new technology deployment
Husky is expanding the use of artificial intelligence in its operations, in part thanks to work done in partnership with Ambyint and Spartan Controls.
In November 2018 Husky announced it would deploy an AI system developed by Ambyint across its Rainbow Lake operations following a three-month, 60-well pilot test. The goal of the pilot was to reduce operating costs and improve uptime of the wells through remote well monitoring.
Chief operating officer Rob Symonds said earlier this year that the work is translating into savings of about $1.50/bbl in operating costs and increased revenue due to decreased downtime.
“It also improves safety by requiring fewer site visits,” Symonds told Husky’s investor day in May. “The goal is to use this technology to help us make real time decisions to get the most efficient use of every well as well as reduce electricity and maintenance costs. The project at Rainbow has now proved its worth and we’re moving to use [AI] technology in the Lloydminster area.”
Date: Thursday, November 7, 2019
Time: 7:30 am - 9:15 am MST
Location: Calgary Central Library | 800 - 3 Street SE
- Sheila Innes, General Manager, Stakeholder and Aboriginal Relations, Suncor Energy
- John Brogly, Director, Water EPA: previously Interim Chief Executive, Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance
- Glen McCrimmon, Innovation Chief, Innovation Gateway, Husky Energy
- Mark Brown, Vice-President & General Manager, Fluor Canada (Opening Remarks)
- Deborah Jaremko, editor, jwnenergy.com and oilsands editor, the Daily Oil Bulletin (Moderator)