The image of a lit light bulb suddenly appearing over a person’s head is an enduring and powerful image associated with innovation. The light bulb image gives the impression that innovation is instantaneous and happens by chance – it almost always isn’t and doesn’t. In COSIA, oil sands companies don’t leave innovation to chance, they use a series of deliberate innovation processes and techniques to maximize their success.
A COSIA Newsletter
Issue 05 - June 2015
In this issue
- COSIA: Lighting the way for innovation
- Tailings Environmental Priority Area Update
- Water Environmental Priority Area Update
- Land Environmental Priority Area Update
- GHG Environmental Priority Area Update
- Monitoring Priority Area Update
- COSIA’s Associate Member Program
- Enabling Innovation: Insight from the Innovation Summit
- Devon and Shell Employees Bring Learnings From Israel
Jonathan Matthews, Director, Tailings Environmental Priority Area (EPA), reflects on the COSIA Innovation Summit and a number of the other collaborative meetings the EPA has been involved in. In this issue’s Tailings case study, Shell explores the use of dynamic mixers to treat fluid fine tailings in order to improve the performance of tailings reduction technologies.
John Brogly, Director, Water Environmental Priority Area (EPA), discusses another major milestone for the Water EPA: The release of the Mining Performance Goal. This issue’s Water case study features Devon’s commercial-scale field pilot of rifle tubes, which has the potential to improve the quality of steam generated to 90 per cent.
Jenna Dunlop, Director, Land Environmental Priority Area (EPA), discusses her key priorities for the Land EPA in 2015. In this issue’s Land case study, members of the Land EPA are working collaboratively at a regional scale to achieve more effective conservation and recovery of caribou and their habitat in the Cold Lake Caribou Range.
Wayne Hillier, Director, Greenhouse Gases (GHG) Environmental Priority Area (EPA), discusses the development of new technology working groups that will change the way work is done within the EPA. In this issue’s GHG case study, Imperial Oil is literally going out of this world to explore a new technology with the potential to improve environmental performance in the oil sands.
Kelly Munkittrick, Director, Monitoring Priority Area, discusses how Monitoring is working to reduce overlap and increase alignment across activities and programs to increase the efficiency of monitoring in the oil sands region.
Categories: Associate Member Program
COSIA members understand they don’t have all the solutions to the environmental challenges facing the oil sands industry. Over the past two years, COSIA has grown the Associate Member (AM) Program in order to bring together different perspectives and additional knowledge from other industries to develop solutions for improving environmental performance in the oil sands.
Innovation in the oil and gas industry is currently being driven by the increase in technical challenges, community or board activism, and/or environmental concerns. The industry is also facing an environment of falling prices, rising costs and increasing operational complexity. The only way to achieve a step change is by doing things differently, through innovation.
In February, Tom Reinders, Technology Development Engineer at Devon, and Darrell Martindale, Technical Opportunity Manager at Shell, experienced the collaborative opportunities COSIA’s Associate Member Program has created. Tom and Darrell travelled to Israel on behalf of COSIA to meet with representatives from the Canada-Israel Industrial Research and Development Foundation (CIIRDF) to discuss the capabilities and potential for Israeli technology providers to contribute to COSIA.
COSIA and its member companies host and participate in a number of events each year, including COSIA’s own Oil Sands Clay Workshop and Conference, the COSIA Innovation Summit, Stampede Investment Forum and Tailings and Mine Waste 2015.