The Comprehensive Regional Infrastructure Sustainability Plan (CRISP) for the Cold Lake Oil Sands Area (CLOSA) is now available.
CRISPs are a long-term approach to infrastructure planning in Alberta's three oil sands areas, one of which is the Cold Lake Oil Sands Area map.
Each plan establishes a long-term framework for future infrastructure needs on possible future oil sands production and population growth. It will also enhance the way provincial and municipal governments work and plan together.
The development of this CRISP was led by the Oil Sands Sustainable Development Secretariat of Alberta Energy. A number of provincial ministries, stakeholder groups, First Nations and Métis have provided support in the development of this plan.
The CRISP Plan for the Cold Lake Oil Sands Area is below.
- Main report
- Executive Summary (extracted from report above)
The Government of Alberta is preparing a series of Comprehensive Regional Infrastructure Sustainability Plans (CRISPs) for the three oil sands areas in Alberta: Athabasca, Cold Lake, and Peace River. The CRISPs will guide planning by providing a flexible framework and recommendations for infrastructure based on a technical assessment of bitumen production rates and associated potential population levels.
In April 2011, the first CRISP, (for the Athabasca Oil Sands Area (AOSA)), was released, and is currently being implemented through a cooperative effort by the province, municipalities and industry. The CRISP for the Cold Lake Oil Sands Area (CLOSA) is the second CRISP to be undertaken.
Itís important to note the CRISP is designed to be flexible and responsive to market condition changes. The CRISP isnít bound to a specific timeframe nor does it specify dates as to when infrastructure will be constructed. Rather, infrastructure requirements are defined relative to potential oil sands production rates and associated population growth increments, categorized in the CLOSA CRISP as short, mid and long term infrastructure implementation.
The CLOSA CRISP identifies the need for necessary infrastructure for:
- transportation (Highways, rail, transit, air),
- schools and health facilities,
- water and wastewater treatment facilities and
- urban expansion (particularly land release for residential and commercial development).
- Executive Summary (extracted from report above)
The scope also identifies the need and location for:
- Ulitlies, including transmission lines and
The CLOSA CRISP identifies how to accommodate the potential population and employment
growth in the CLOSA associated with increased oil sands activity.
Developing the CRISP
Development of the CLOSA CRISP began in early 2011. There was an extensive dialogue with a
Core Planning Team which had representatives from key Government of Alberta ministries; a
Community Advisory Group with representatives from 14 communities and municipalities within
the CLOSA; and, an External Advisory Group with representatives from industry, First Nations,
Métis, and community stakeholder groups. A number of public open houses were also held across
Through consultation and technical analysis, a series of potential growth and infrastructure
scenarios for the region were explored. These scenarios considered various options and
approaches for accommodating and servicing future growth in the region with respect to
settlement, transportation, water, wastewater, utilities, healthcare and education.
Growth in the CLOSA Ė Vision for 2045
At a bitumen production rate of approximately one million barrels per day (bpd) and with a new
200,000 bpd bitumen upgrader operating in the region, the population of the CLOSA is estimated
to reach approximately 95,510. This population growth would be driven by employment growth
to just over 34,000 jobs and, for the purposes of this report, would exclude employment growth
from First Nations reserves and Métis Settlements. As with the bitumen production forecast, for
the purpose of the CRISP, these population and employment estimates are assumed to be reached
As the primary co-ordinating body, the Government of Alberta is committed to:
- establishing a formal mechanism to oversee the CRISPís implementation,
- integrating the CRISP into the Government of Albertaís application and approval processes, and
- co-ordinating cross-boundary infrastructure with the Government of Saskatchewan.
Additional detailed implementation plans will also be developed to help stakeholders work
together to successfully implement the CRISP.
A comprehensive monitoring framework is a critical component of CRISP implementation.
The CLOSA CRISP addresses the regionís phased infrastructure requirements that will be needed
as oil sands production expands. The infrastructure needs identified in the CRISP are based on
what we know today about likely future oil sands activity and population growth. These
requirements will change over time and need to be monitored against actual economic conditions in