Research and Technology
The Government of Alberta supports the innovative, responsible and sustainable development of our province’s energy resources through a variety of technology funds and initiatives.
Flaring and venting of natural gas associated with hydrocarbon production is a significant source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The measuring and reporting systems for produced gas can greatly vary between jurisdictions. The World Bank’s Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership (GGFR), a collaboration between governments and industry, uses third-party satellite data to publish national flaring volume estimates. A technical guidance document explains the technology and methodology used to produce the flaring volume estimates.
Independent Assessment of the European Commission’s Fuel Quality Directive’s “Conventional” Default Value(2013) Executive Summary Minister Dallas welcomes study
A report by ICF International, contracted by Natural Resources Canada, which analyses the research methodology used to develop the Fuel Quality Directive’s default ‘conventional’ gasoline and diesel greenhouse gas (GHG) intensity values. Using this improved understanding, the report develops a more likely range of GHG values for crude oils used in the European Union.
Pipeline Safety Review
In September 2012, Minister Hughes asked the Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) to conduct a review of certain elements of Alberta’s pipeline system. The ERCB awarded Group 10 Engineering Limited the contract, they delivered the report to the ERCB. In June the ERCB became the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER), view the AER pipeline video. The board reviewed the Group 10 report and prepared a report for the Minister. On August 23, 2013 the Group 10 final report and Appendices 5MB were released to the public and feedback was gathered.
EU Pathway Study: Life Cycle Assessment of Crude Oils in a European Context(2012) report by Jacobs Consultancy, contracted by the Alberta Government, this report provides new information on the life cycle assessment of the greenhouse gases associated with crude oils used in the European Union.
Public Questions and Comments for EU Pathway Study(revised April 2013)
A summary public questions and comments relating to Jacobs Consultancy’s “EU Pathway Study: Life Cycle Assessment of Crude Oils in A European Context (2012)” report. ISBN 978-1-4601-0576-4
Alberta Energy Policy Review Pathway Study 2012(revised April 2013)
Addresses policy implications arising from the findings of the Jacobs Consultancy’s “EU Pathway Study: Life Cycle Assessment of Crude Oils in A European Context (2012)” report. ISBN 978-1-4601-0578-8
Alberta Energy – Oil Sands Production Profile
A report that provides a detailed overview of oil production volumes and extraction technologies in the Oil Sands region from 2002-2010. ISBN 978-0-7785-9458-1
Comparison of the Corrosivity of Dilbit and Conventional Crude
A report prepared by Corrosion Engineering, Advanced Materials, AITF for Alberta Innovates Energy and Environment Solutions in September of 2011.
Open Data (Service Alberta)
Oil Sands Information Portal(Environment)