Project Research

The documents below relate to various interest areas that COSIA is involved in with external partners.

Visit the Caribou Knowledge Extension Library to find reports and research on caribou protection and restoration.

Linear Feature Restoration in Caribou Habitat: A summary of current practices and a roadmap for future programs

In the past several years, oil sands companies have initiated pilot projects to investigate the restoration of linear features. Efforts and intensity have varied between companies, with some initiating small restoration programs on lease and others initiating extensive programs off lease.

This report highlights current activities by COSIA companies, summarizes current practices into a ‘restoration toolbox’, proposes a planning framework to serve as a roadmap for future linear restoration programs, and then concludes with a series of future restoration planning recommendations.

Partners: Fuse Consulting
Category: Land
In-Situ Oil Sands Extraction Reclamation and Restoration Practices and Opportunities Compilation

The Reclamation and Restoration Practices and Opportunities Compilation document was prepared for Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA) to provide a summary of the current knowledge and practices that are being employed for reclamation of in-situ oil sands extraction facilities (in-situ facilities) and identify knowledge gaps, shortcomings and areas of improvement which are referred to as opportunities.

Partners: Navus Environmental
Category: Land
A Review of Natural Gas Decarbonisation Technology for Application in SAGD Steam Generation
Fossil fuel decarbonisation is often positioned as an alternative to CO2 capture and storage (CCS) for managing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). Among the fossil fuel decarbonisation technologies, decarbonisation of natural gas is of particular interest to the oil sands because of its dependence on the combustion of natural gas for supplying heat. The objective of this study was to investigate the technical and economic feasibility of proposed technologies as alternatives to amine based post combustion CO2 capture for SAGD steam generation.
Carbon Dioxide Conversion Technologies for Oil Sands Activities

The utilization of CO2 to make products including chemicals, fuels and solids, is transformational because it converts CO2 to value added products while reducing the net emission of CO2 from an operating facility. Few CO2 conversion technologies are in the commercial use with most being in the research and development stage. 

This study looks to understand the current state of knowledge on the different classes of technologies.



Category: GHG
Guidelines for Determining Oil Sands Fluid Tailings Volumes

This guideline sets out procedures for determining the volume of fluid tailings contained within tailings deposits. It is intended to provide guidance to operators of oil sands mines to meet the objective of controlling fluid tailings volumes to an approved plan consistent with the Tailings Management Framework for the Mineable Athabasca Oil Sands (TMF).

Partners: COSIA
Category: Tailings
A Geostatistical Study, Workflow and Software Guide for Tailings Deposit

Estimation of fines and solids content in tailings oil sands deposits is imperative for tailings planning as well as reporting tailings inventory to the regulator. Data obtained from a finite number of sampling locations are the main source for estimating the quantity of fines and solids in the deposits. To date, the required number of sample locations or spacing to estimate tailings volume/mass with reasonable confidence is not well defined. The Geostatistics and sampling working group (GSWG) of Canada’s Oil Sand Innovation Alliance (COSIA) took over the task of defining the sample spacing for predicting tailings inventory with “reasonable confidence”. Development of a proper procedure for the engineering assessment of uncertainty in reported tailings mass/volume as a function of data spacing was the main objective of the task.

Partners: COSIA
Category: Tailings
Guidelines for Tailings Deposit Sampling and Measuring Tools

The purpose of this work is to propose standardized field sampling methods for the determination of the characteristics of oil sands tailings deposits which will allow the gathering of technically and statistically defendable results required for AER reporting. It is desired to adopt/develop a standard sampler used by the industry and to develop accuracy charts for each tailings deposit sampled by the standardized tool.

Partners: COSIA
Category: Tailings
Deposit Characterization

This report provides the results of the Deposit Characterization Working Group, which was tasked with identifying and recommending a standard method for measuring the in situ undrained shear strength (or appropriate equivalent measurement methods) for all tailings deposit types that are technically and statistically appropriate for AER reporting.

Partners: COSIA
Category: Tailings

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