Oil Publications and Maps

This section contains publications relating to Oil that Alberta Energy has produced.

Most of the crude oil produced in Alberta is exported to the rest of Canada or the United States.

Of the production that remains in the province, most is converted into transportation fuels at refineries in Alberta.


Identification of Enhanced Oil Recovery Potential in Alberta - Phase 1 final report (data portion)external link iconPDF icon(2.28 MB,
95 pages, June 2011) for the AER, (Sproule Associates Limited). The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER), formerly known as the ERCB commissioned this study from March 2011 to March 2012 to identify Enhanced Oil Recovery potential in Alberta.

Phase one Project Objectives (data portion);

  • Retrieve information on all EOR schemes in Alberta from the AER's Reserves Report and other AER and public databases/files;
  • Create an inventory of EOR scheme information organized by pertinent characteristics such as geographic area, pool, formation, reservoir properties, scheme type
  • Analyze the inventory of EOR scheme information, focusing on successful EOR operations, existing and emerging trends, and likely short-term EOR prospects;
  • Assess the associated potential success factors;
  • Write a preliminary report on EOR in Alberta oil pools, containing lessons learned and preliminary findings;
  • Create and inventory of existing EOR schemes in Alberta organized by pertinent characteristics;
  • Initially assess potential success factors.                  

Phase two Project Objectives;

  • Apply knowledge gained from Phase 1, along with information from literature searches and possible industry interviews, to fully develop criteria for the screening of potential future EOR prospects, with consideration for the various types of possible EOR schemes and technologies;
  • Apply screening criteria to all oil pools in Alberta;
  • Assess and compile potential incremental recoverable volumes for all oil pools under various EOR technologies;
  • Provide a progress update on preliminary findings and adjust the study as necessary;
  • Prepare a report on the total findings on existing and future potential EOR in Alberta in written, tabular, and graphical formats. The report will include but is not limited to, the following information:
    • Field and pool name
    • Formation
    • EOR type
    • Fluid properties
    • Reservoir parameters
    • Geographic location
    • Primary recovery
    • Current incremental recovery

This study considers only the technical factors associated with EOR. For any individual project, the economics are important, however, since the economic factors are variable and highly dependent on the current oil prices (and the expectation of future oil prices), these factors are not addressed in this study.
Identification of Enhanced Oil Recovery Potential in Alberta - Phase 2 final reportexternal link iconPDF icon (36.54 MB, 629 pages, March 2012) for the AER, (Sproule Associates Limited). 

Summary of Alberta's Shale- and Siltstone-Hosted Hydrocarbon Resource Potentialexternal link icon
This summary produced by Alberta Geological Survey under the Energy Resource Appraisal Group of the Energy Resources Conservation Board provides baseline data, information, and understanding of the geology, distribution, reservoir characteristics, and hydrocarbon resource potential of Alberta shales.

Jacobs Report, this report, contracted by the Alberta Government, provides new information on the life cycle assessment of the greenhouse gases associated with crude oils used in the European Union.

Alberta Energy Policy Review Pathway Study 2012PDF icon
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.

Schedule "A" (The "S" portion of the oil royalty formula, effective January 1, 1993)
This report supplies the "S" basic royalty in cubic meters that is used in the appropriate royalty formula based on the vintage (old, new or Third Tier) and density (Heavy or Non-heavy) of the well. The report divides production volumes into ranges of 500 and each range is further divided into sections of 20 pages.
0-499.9 500-999.9 1000 - 1499.9 1500-2000

Western Canada Drilling Cycle Optimization
A study undertaken to examine and provide actionable recommendations that assist optimization of the industry cycle on seismic and drilling activities in Western Canada.

Fact Sheets

These documents provide information about the Oil industry in Alberta. If you have further questions, see the Frequently Asked Questions portion of our site.

Gasoline and Diesel Pricesexternal link icon
Gasoline and Diesel prices are determined in the competitive marketplace by the forces of supply and demand, which vary between regions, cities and neighborhoods.

Oil Pricesexternal link icon
Oil prices are determined by supply and demand, this fact sheet includes information about OPEC.

Energy Resourcesexternal link icon
This summary fact sheet lists facts and statistics on Alberta's resources.

Upgrading and Refiningexternal link icon
This fact sheet examines refining capacity in Alberta and upgrader projects currently scheduled or undergoing construction.

Oil and Gas Royaltiesexternal link icon
Royalties help fund important programs like health, education and infrastructure. They ensure that Albertans receive a portion of the benefits arising from the development of the province’s energy resources. This fact sheet explains what royalties are and how they are calculated.

Sectoral Water Allocationsexterna link icon (Environment and Parks)
Allocations do not directly reflect actual use or consumption of water - they are an indication of the relative amounts of water dedicated to a type of use and depict the growth in general water demand over time. In Alberta just over 40% is dedicated to Agriculture, while just over 6% is allocated for oil and gas.


Alberta's Oil and Gas Tenure Brochureexternal link icon
The information contained in this publication is of an explanatory nature, and is intended to provide an overview of Alberta's petroleum and natural gas land tenure system. (2017)


Oil Pipelines Map
Locations of Alberta oil pipelines or visit the AER for pipeline shapefilesexternal link icon.  

A listing of external resources for oil is also available.