Pat Roche

Pat Roche has been a reporter with the Daily Oil Bulletin (DOB) since 1999. His work has been recognized with several awards including the Gold Award for Best Profile of a Company at the Canadian Business Press-sponsored Kenneth R. Wilson Awards in 2005.
In 2007, Pat won a silver award for Best Resource Article at the KRW Awards for his story Carbonate Klondike: The Next Oilsands?, which described Shell’s land purchase in northern Alberta to pursue a bitumen-carbonate play.

​How Cenovus Energy is reinventing the oilsands

Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 3:09 PM MDT

You’ve heard of driverless cars, but how about unmanned SAGD projects? “If we can put production systems on the seabed,…

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​No new oilsands megaprojects until markets improve: execs

Tuesday, August 29, 2017, 2:35 PM MDT

None of the four executives who appeared on a senior oilsands producers panel at a conference this summer in Calgary…

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​Saskatchewan strong: Geology, regulations and tech help oil and gas industry weather downturn, position for growth

Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 3:06 PM MDT

The western Canadian oil and gas industry has taken it on the chin since global oil prices collapsed in late…

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​Growing global use of electric vehicles will challenge power producers—eventually

Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 4:54 PM MDT

For the first time in a century the oil industry’s transportation-fuel monopoly has been broken, but that doesn’t mean the…

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Morneau defends axing oil and gas exploration deductions

Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 2:35 PM MDT

Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau says a tax deduction for early-stage oil and gas exploration is being phased out to…

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Alberta concerned about federal exploration tax changes, looking for industry input

Friday, March 24, 2017, 3:11 PM MDT

While the province is pleased with $30 million in federal funding, which is expected to go toward the remediation of…

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Canadian oil and gas isn’t moving fast enough to seize the digital oilfield opportunity: GE Canada president

Friday, March 3, 2017, 7:53 AM MST

Oil and gas producers and service companies can benefit from digital solutions ranging from pipeline leak detection to avoiding cost…

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​Husky wants to boost Sunrise SAGD capacity, cut sulphur recovery; NCG approved

Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 7:36 AM MST

Husky Energy Inc. is seeking approval to increase the capacity of its Sunrise SAGD project to 69,000 bbls/d from the…

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Imperial Oil will save more than $80 million this year using a system where suppliers share upside

Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 7:22 AM MST

Imperial Oil has saved more than $80 million this year through productivity gains from a supplier relationship called norms-based contracting,…

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​Imperial CEO: Oilsands still a world-class opportunity, but you have to be big to play in the sandbox

Wednesday, November 23, 2016, 6:56 AM MST

Persistently low oil prices, CO2 worries and difficulty getting production to markets have many thinking growth in Alberta’s oilsands is…

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​Re-fracs can be a fantastic investment, but too often they fail: Here’s why

Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 7:27 AM MDT

Fracture-stimulating wells after the initial treatment can be among a producer’s most profitable investments when the re-fracs are successful, but…

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PwC: Canadian oil and gas investor confidence is increasingly threatened by regulatory uncertainty

Friday, May 27, 2016, 7:29 AM MDT

Canada’s oil and gas industry won’t be able to fully capitalize on future increases in commodity prices without pipelines to…

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