Energy and Clean Technology

Alberta is Canada’s energy province. The province’s diverse resource portfolio includes natural gas, conventional oil, coal, minerals and the oil sands.

Alberta is Canada’s energy province. We are home to one of the world’s largest unconventional oil deposits, the oil sands, and we have the third largest oil reserves in the world. We also have an abundant supply of low-emission and affordable blue hydrogen, experience in hydrogen production and leadership in carbon capture and storage. 

Invest in Alberta’s cost-competitive and diverse oil and gas industry, including one of the world’s largest unconventional oil deposits

The energy sector covers the entire value chain from upstream production to downstream end use in conventional and unconventional oil and natural gas extraction and processing. This includes petrochemicals, renewable energy, bio-energy, innovative hydrocarbon uses, technology innovation, carbon capture and storage as well as electricity transmission and distribution. There are also opportunities for exploration and extraction of other energy resources and minerals such as geothermal, helium, lithium, rare earth elements, and other heavy metals.

Alberta has the potential to become the world’s leading energy provider. It has a world-class resource next to the largest market in the world. Only 19% of the world’s proven oil reserves are accessible to private sector investment (not state controlled) of which more than half (53%) are in Alberta’s oil sands, which represents considerable investment opportunities in Alberta’s oil sands.

Products and Services

Oil and gas technology and services is focused on upstream-related oil and gas equipment and services. Upstream-related products and services include seismic and geological services, drilling and completions, and advanced production techniques. This important industry sector focuses on such areas as:

  • multilateral drilling technologies,
  • non-invasive drilling fluids,
  • swell packer stimulation technologies,
  • coiled tubing expertise and benefits,
  • innovative pumping technologies,
  • non-traditional well configurations, and
  • geosteering of horizontal wells in real time. 

Oil and Gas Equipment

Alberta has the world’s third largest proven crude oil reserves after Saudi Arabia and Venezuela. Canada is the world’s third largest supplier of natural gas, with Alberta accounting for 67% of Canadian production. The Alberta Government is committed to improving extraction technologies for conventional oil production; i.e. advanced seismic and horizontal drilling. Alberta’s industrial manufacturing sector delivers high-value products and services across Canada and around the world. 

Modern Infrastructure

Alberta is well set-up for oil and gas activities, with pre-zoned industrial lands, ready access to water, and a skilled workforce ready to work.

The province has a large network of oil and gas pipelines as well as multi-commodity oil and gas distribution centres that connect Alberta’s oil and gas to ports.

Innovation

Alberta’s oil and gas industry has a long history of innovating and finding solutions to technical problems and are partners in keeping costs low.

Unprecedented demands and resource constraints on the energy sector have resulted in companies seeking out new and innovative processes, demonstrated through an increased focus on research and technology. In regards to the heavy oil and oil sands industry, opportunities exist to reduce the use of water and natural gas and to decrease overall environmental impacts.

On a similar front, Alberta’s natural gas industry is exploring ways to improve well economics by reducing the cost of explorations and increasing well productivity through technology and process improvements. As a whole, technology development and adoption, and process improvements are key components to increasing the competitiveness of Alberta’s oil and gas industry.

Environmental Leadership

Alberta is a leader in developing resources in an environmentally sustainable and socially responsible manner. Alberta’s oil industry is committed to reducing emissions and freshwater usage while enhancing recovery rates. We are committed to improving extraction technologies for conventional oil production; i.e. advanced seismic and horizontal drilling.

The province was the first major oil producer to introduce a price on carbon and has a legislated emissions cap of 100 mt. Greenhouse gases from a barrel of oil produced in the oil sands have dropped almost 20 per cent compared to 2011 levels. From 2000 to 2017 the emissions intensity of the oil sands operations dropped by approximately 28 per cent as a result of technological and efficiency improvements.  

Social Leadership

Alberta’s energy is secure and ethically sourced. Alberta believes that Indigenous consultation and participation is foundational to developing Canada’s energy resources. The Province has committed $1 billion to the Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corporation, which is designed to increase Indigenous communities’ ability to invest in natural resource projects.

Areas of Expertise


Ethane

Canada’s largest ethane cracking complexes are located in Joffre/Prentiss and Fort Saskatchewan. From the ethane cracked at these facilities, Alberta is a major producer of polyethylene plastic, ethylene glycol and other applications such as styrene monomer and ethyl vinyl acetate. Government is planning to build new petrochemicals capacity, including brown/greenfield cracking and derivatives capacity.


Propane

The province will now be home to Canada’s first two on-purpose propylene derivatives plant, the PDH-PP plant, currently under construction by Inter-Pipeline Corporation, and a recently announced petrochemical upgrading facility to be built by the Canada-Kuwait Petrochemical Corporation (CKPC), a joint venture agreement between Calgary-based Pembina Pipelines and Petrochemicals Industry Corp (PIC).


Methane

Alberta is a major producer of methane-based petrochemicals products such as ammonia and urea, which are used as fertilizer, as well as methanol, a common petrochemical building block and fuel.


Butane

The province is also home to Keyera’s Alberta Enviro-Fuels, iso-octane production facility, which makes approximately 14 kbbl/d of high grade transportation fuel additives, operating the world’s largest plant in this important sector.


Specialty Chemicals

Alberta is also a producer of specialized chemicals such as oligomers, ethyl vinyl acetate, proppant for hydraulic fracturing and carbon black.

Cleantech Opportunities

Low Carbon Electricity System

Renewable and alternative energy, Advanced grid operations, Cleaner use of fossil fuels

Energy Efficiency

Industrial digital solutions, Energy-efficient industry, Advanced Materials

Cleaner Oil and Gas Development

Clean hydrocarbon production, Carbon management and utilization, Methane reduction

Green Products and Services

Green building, Climate adapted infrastructure, Advanced materials and chemicals

Sustainable Waste Management

Advanced waste processing, Energy recovery, Value-added utilization

Sustainable Mobility

Advanced low carbon fuels, Smart transportation, Intelligent infrastructure, Advanced materials

Holistic Water Management

Industrial process and treatment, Water systems and infrastructure, Wastewater treatment

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Oil and Gas Quarterly

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Oil and Gas Quarterly

Information on the activities occurring in the oil and gas industry, including government and industry updates and detailed project listings.

Emerging Resources Program

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Emerging Resources Program

Under this program, eligible wells will receive a program specific cost allowance.

Enhanced Hydrocarbon Recovery Program

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Enhanced Hydrocarbon Recovery Program

EHRP provides appropriate royalty treatment for incremental hydrocarbon production to account for the higher costs associated with enhanced…

Alberta Innovates Clean Resources Programs

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Alberta Innovates Clean Resources Programs

Alberta Innovates invests in applied research and innovation programs to sustain, grow and diversify the energy and resource industries.

Emission Reduction Alberta (ERA) Funding Programs

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Emission Reduction Alberta (ERA) Funding Programs

Funding is available for research and development relating to oil sands innovation, industrial efficiency, and…

Alberta Energy

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Alberta Energy

Alberta Energy, a ministry of the Government of Alberta, is responsible for ensuring the development of Alberta’s resources to the benefit of all Albertans.

Alberta Energy Regulator

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Alberta Energy Regulator

AER is a regulatory body with a mandate to provide for the efficient, safe, orderly, and environmentally responsible development of Alberta’s…

Carbon Capture and Conversion Institute (CCCI)

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Carbon Capture and Conversion Institute (CCCI)

CCCI accelerates the development, piloting, scale-up and validation of new carbon capture and conversion…

Institute for Oil Sands Innovation (IOSI) at the UofA

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Institute for Oil Sands Innovation (IOSI) at the UofA

IOSI combines several innovative approaches to improve oil sands operations with a reduced environmental footprint by minimizing water use, consuming less energy, lowering greenhouse gas and other emissions, yielding high quality products at lower cost.

C-FER Technologies

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C-FER Technologies

C-FER Technologies works with oil and gas industry and client subject matter experts to develop solutions to unique engineering problems in upstream drilling and production operations as well as midstream and downstream pipeline operations.

Canada's Oil Sands Innovation Alliance

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Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance

COSIA collaborates and innovates to enable responsible and sustainable growth of Canada’s oil sands while delivering accelerated improvement in environmental performance through collaborative action and innovation.

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