Trans Mountain pipeline expansion faces hurdles as landowners dig in heels

Barbara Gard calls her three-hectare property, nestled below the forested peak of Sumas Mountain, a “miniature Stanley Park.” Its lush trees and flowing creek reminded her of Vancouver’s majestic park, and she immediately knew she wanted to call it home.…

Foreign share of production in Alberta’s oilsands falls from 33% to 16%, analysis shows

When it comes to talking about how the northern Alberta oilsands have lost their lustre for foreign investors, Satoshi Abe sounds a lot like his Canadian counterparts. “I think Canada itself creates significant barriers to new investment,” said the president…

Trans Mountain to resume construction on pipeline expansion

Trans Mountain says it is restarting construction on its pipeline expansion project. The company said work will resume at the Westridge Marine Terminal and Kinder Morgan’s Burnaby Terminal as well as in communities in Alberta. It has issued directives that…

Alberta to continue oil production curtailment until 2020 as pipeline delays persist

The Alberta government says some oil companies may have to limit their production until the end of 2020 as pipeline delays persist. Energy Minister Sonya Savage says the current limit is being extended because there are no new pipeline expansions…

Oilsands firms considering diluent recovery units to increase crude by rail volumes

Ongoing pipeline project delays and growth in crude-by-rail capacity from Western Canada are leading some oilsands producers to consider spending billions of dollars to build diluent recovery units. Oilsands bitumen is a thick, sticky oil which must be diluted with…

Finning optimism rises on better than expected oilsands, construction markets

Surprising strength in western Canadian oilsands and construction markets along with rising interest in driverless mining trucks and a tax cut in Alberta are fuelling optimism for Finning International Inc. The Vancouver-based heavy equipment dealer on Wednesday credited sales and…

Oilsands production growth cut despite lower building costs in CERI forecast

The Canadian Energy Research Institute says growth in oilsands production over the next 20 years is expected to be slower than previously forecast, despite falling project construction costs. In an update study, the Calgary-based think-tank says it expects total oilsands…