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IN SITU OIL SANDS TECHNOLOGY TRENDS

In Situ Oil Sands Technology Trends

Published On: February 01, 2021

Study 193

This report focuses on in situ bitumen production processes and technologies that are in the early demonstration stage through to recent commercialization.

The report details the leading drivers behind the development and adoption of newer in situ processes and technologies.

Several of the leading drivers behind the development and adoption of newer in situ processes and technologies are lower netbacks for bitumen combined with higher supply cost relative to conventional crude oils. Another key driver is the current regulatory environment, and public opinion focused on greenhouse gas emissions reductions.

The technologies under consideration in this report are, for the most part, improvements and optimizations of existing technologies and processes, leading to incremental changes over step-change improvements.

A subset of newer technologies and processes lower the supply cost below the Base Design’s C$41/bbl and GHG emissions intensity below 61 kg CO2e/bbl The largest reductions are associated with either improved steam generation or solvent and solvent-assisted technologies.

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