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 Estimates Produced by Satellite Observations
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 ValuePDF icon(2013) Executive SummaryPDF icon Minister Dallas welcomes studyexternal link icon
A report by ICF International, contracted by Natural Resources Canadaexternal link icon, 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 videoexternal link icon. The board reviewed the Group 10 report and prepared a reportPDF icon for the Minister. On August 23, 2013 the Group 10 final reportPDF icon and Appendices 5MBPDF icon were released to the public and feedback was gathered.

EU Pathway Study: Life Cycle Assessment of Crude Oils in a European ContextPDF icon(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 StudyPDF icon(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 2012PDF icon(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 ProfilePDF icon
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.

Related Resources

Alberta Innovates, Energy and Environment Solutionsexternal link icon

Best Management Practices for Fuel Gas Efficiency by Industry(CAPP)

Carbon Capture and Storage Projects

GeoDiscover Albertaexternal link icon

Innovative Energy Technologies Program

Open Dataexternal link icon (Service Alberta)

Oil Sands Information Portalexternal link icon(Environment)

Oil Sands Sustainable Development Secretariat