Each June, the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) publishes reserve estimates of:
- crude bitumen
- crude oil
- conventional natural gas
- coalbed methane
- natural gas liquids
The ST 98 Alberta's Energy Reserves Supply/Demand Outlook also forecasts supply and demand for these resources.
Follow these links for more general information about Alberta’s energy industry:
- About Royalty Industry guides
- Alberta historical royalty data (1994 to present)
- Energy economics: Understanding royalties
- Alberta's royalty system: Jurisdictional comparison (Price Waterhouse Coopers)
- Industry activity report (subscribe to be notified of updated reports)
- Energy maps
- Information Letters (legislative notices)
- Carbon capture and storage knowledge sharing (reports for funding)
- Innovative Energy Technologies Program (IETP) (reports for funding)
- Tenure in Alberta (the history of Crown mineral rights and administration of Alberta's petroleum and natural gas mineral agreements)
- Mineral ownership in Alberta
- Energy Resources Facts and Stats (PDF, 336 KB) includes information about investment, pipelines and revenue along with coal, electricity, oil and natural gas information from January 2017.
- Environmental actions (greenhouse gas emissions and water usage)
Oil and gas royalties in Alberta (royalty calculation)
Upgraders and refineries: facts and stats (refining capacity plus current and upcoming projects)
Pricing fact sheets
- Gasoline and diesel questions and answers (May 2018)
- Oil prices: facts and stats (June 2017)
- Natural gas prices: facts and stats (June 2017)
Energy Potential and Metrics Study – An Alberta Context (Jacobs Consultancy) was a major energy resource review explaining the creation of heat, electricity and transportation fuels. The study explains energy availability, energy density and the environmental impact of a wide range of energy resources and pathways in Alberta.
Coal and minerals
Coal and mineral development in Alberta year in review (2011 - 2018) annual reports with overviews of coal, metals, and industrial minerals.
- Mineral assessment reports, these reports are mandatory for metallic and industrial mineral permit holders. Companies must adhere to the guideline for preparing mineral assessment reports in Alberta.
- The Alberta mineral development strategy (2002) framework developed a strategy to enhance the potential development of:
- base and precious metals
- industrial minerals
- other solid minerals
- An Introduction to Metallic and Industrial Mineral Rights in Alberta (2006)
Fact sheets and guides
- Minerals in Alberta: facts and stats
- Exploring for minerals (how to stake a claim and other guidance)
- Going for gold in Alberta: a guide to recreational panning and placer mining
- Energy maps
In 2016, the Government of Alberta endorsed a recommendation (PDF, 4.4 MB) by the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO). This plan sees the province transition to a new electricity-market framework. It moves Alberta from an energy market to an energy and capacity market.
Retail market review
The Retail Market Review Committee (RMRC) report, Power for the people (2013). Made 41 recommendations to strengthen the electricity market. The government acted on 2 recommendations, approved 33 in principle and rejected 6.
An implementation team was put in place, their report to the energy minister was Enhancing the retail market for electricity (2014).
Transmission facility costs
In July 2010, the minister of energy established the Transmission Facilities Cost Monitoring Committee to review transmission facility project records about:
The committee reports to the Utilities Consumer Advocate the terms of reference for Ministerial Order 64 are included there with the Transmission Cost Recovery Subcommittee Report (2012) (PDF, 1.3 MB)
Major transmission project cost reviews are also available:
- December 2015 (PDF, 6.9 MB)
- June 2015 (PDF, 11.4 MB)
- December 2014 (PDF, 8 MB)
- June 2014 (PDF, 14.6 MB)
- December 2013 (PDF, 12.1 MB)
- June 2013 (PDF, 10.3 MB)
- December 2012 (PDF, 7.9 MB)
- June 2012 (PDF, 7.3 MB)
- December 2011 (PDF, 23 MB)
- June 2011 (PDF, 6.6 MB)
The advanced metering study (2010-2011) measured electricity consumption behaviour, it was a collaboration of:
- Department of Energy
- Environment Department (now Alberta Environment and Parks)
- Alberta Innovates
In 2012, the AUC approved the Western Alberta Transmission Line (WATL) with new routes and towers to minimize landowner and agricultural impacts.
The Critical transmission review committee was charged with reviewing timing, technology and forecasts in the AESO’s plan for critical transmission infrastructure between Edmonton and Calgary. CTRC also identified appropriate changes to the Electric Statutes Amendment Act, 2009 in their report, Powering our economy: Critical Transmission Review Committee Report. The government’s response was, Investing in the Economy: North-South Corridor Transmission Reinforcement.
In 2009, Stantec was commissioned to produce an Assessment and Analysis of the State-Of-the-Art Electric Transmission Systems with Specific Focus on High-Voltage Direct Current (HVDC), Underground or Other New or Developing Technologies then the government responded with the summary of the Electric Transmission Assessment report.
In 2012, the Electric Utilities Amendment Act was passed to ensure that the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) would assess the need for future transmission lines. This would no longer be the responsibility of the provincial cabinet.
Established in 2008, the Nuclear Power Expert Panel released a nuclear-energy potential report (2009). Nuclear consultation began, a workbook guided the public. Later that year a news release summarized the full Alberta Nuclear Consultation (PDF, 12.1 MB) report.
Alberta’s Electricity Policy Framework: Competitive-Reliable-Sustainable (2005), outlined Alberta's framework, it examined the regulated rate option; short and long-term adequacy; and other inter-related market issues.
- Electricity agencies and the Utilities Consumer Advocate (UCA): information about the AUC, AESO, Balancing Pool and Market Surveillance Administrator
- Electricity system schematic: an illustration of how generation, transmission, distribution and retail work
- Micro-generation: explains the Micro-generation Regulation that allows consumers to generate their own electricity
- Reading your electricity bill: explains a sample bill for a typical home
- Renewable Electricity Program: explains the program to increase large-scale renewable energy generation
The natural gas overview brochure explains production, storage, export and pricing.
The Shale gas potential report (AGS) provides baseline data and information about shale.
Gas royalty information bulletins are published monthly to inform about proposed changes to legislation, regulations or operating procedures. They also provide industry clients with updates regarding reporting requirements for the determination of natural gas royalty.
Flaring and venting of natural gas is part of the hydrocarbon production process, measuring and reporting varies between jurisdictions. The World Bank’s Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership (GGFR) is a collaboration between governments and industry, it uses third-party satellite data to publish national flaring volume estimates. The AER manages flaring and venting for Alberta.
- Hydraulic fracturing in Alberta: facts and stats
- Natural gas: facts and stats
- Natural gas providers and billing: facts and stats
Oil reports and publications
Enhanced oil recovery (EOR) potential (2011-12)
The AER commissioned this technical factor study, economic factors like oil prices and future estimates are not addressed in this study.
The study was completed in 2 phases by Sproule Associates Limited.
Identification of Enhanced Oil Recovery Potential in Alberta – Phase 1 (PDF, 2.3 MB) objectives included:
- Retrieve information on all EOR schemes in Alberta from the AER’s Reserves Report and other AER and public databases/files
- Create an inventory of EOR scheme information organized by pertinent characteristics such as geographic area, pool, formation, reservoir properties, scheme type
- Analyze the inventory of EOR scheme information, focusing on successful EOR operations, existing and emerging trends, and likely short-term EOR prospects
- Assess the associated potential success factors
- Write a preliminary report on EOR in Alberta oil pools, containing lessons learned and preliminary findings
- Create an inventory of existing EOR schemes in Alberta organized by pertinent characteristics
- Initially assess potential success factors
Identification of Enhanced Oil Recovery Potential in Alberta – Phase 2 (PDF, 37 MB) objectives included:
- Apply knowledge gained from Phase 1, along with information from literature searches and possible industry interviews. Fully develop criteria for the screening of potential future EOR prospects, considering the various types of possible EOR schemes and technologies
- Apply screening criteria to all oil pools in Alberta
- Assess and compile potential incremental recoverable volumes for all oil pools under various EOR technologies
- Provide a progress update on preliminary findings and adjust the study as necessary
- Prepare a report on the total findings on existing and future potential EOR in Alberta in written, tabular and graphical formats. The report will include but is not limited to the following information:
- field and pool name
- EOR type
- fluid properties
- reservoir parameters
- geographic location
- primary recovery
- current incremental recovery
The EU Pathway Study: Life Cycle Assessment of Crude Oils in a European Context (Jacobs Consultancy) report covers on the lifecycle assessment of the GHG associated with crude oils used in the European Union.
The report led to Alberta Energy Policy Review Pathway Study 2012 and a number of Public Questions and Comments for EU Pathway Study (revised April 2013).
In 2014, the Alberta government sponsored the report, Toward a Road Map for Mitigating the Rates and Occurrences of Long-Term Wellbore Leakage (PDF, 2.6 MB), the University of Waterloo studied detection and monitor methods for wellbore leakage to offer potential approaches to reduce rates and occurrences.
Conventional default values
In 2013, Natural resources Canada contracted an Independent Assessment of the European Commission’s Fuel Quality Directive’s “Conventional” Default Value (PDF, 1.3 MB) from the International Community Foundation (ICF) International. To analyze the research methodology used to develop the Fuel Quality Directive’s default “conventional” gasoline and diesel GHG intensity values. An Executive summary (PDF, 511 KB) is also available.
The Bitumen Assay Program (BAP) Aggregate Assay Information was a multi-phase project to review bitumen quality. Bitumen assays were generated by Maxxam Analytics, the department aggregated the assays to ensure anonymity. The assays are based on a combination of recovery technologies and oil sands regions.
Quarterly reports are generated for projects and related activities in the oil sands. These reports include government and industry updates and detailed project listings.
Cold heavy oil production with sand (CHOPS) 2002, explores the technical, economic and environmental issues related to CHOPS. It also refers to other new processes and emerging production technologies to expand or prolong production in Alberta.
The Alberta Energy Oil Sands Production Profile: 2004 – 2014 report gives a detailed overview of oil production volumes and extraction technologies. It covers the years 2004 to 2014.
Alberta Energy commissioned CANATEC Associates International Limited to produce An Arctic Energy Gateway for Alberta, 2014. They were to examine the technical feasibility of producers transporting bitumen blend from the oil sands north to the Beaufort Sea coastline. The bitumen blend would go from there to world markets in the Asia-Pacific region and the Atlantic coasts.
Note: The views, conclusions and comments expressed in the report are those of the authors and may not reflect policies, positions or views of the Government of Alberta. The Government of Alberta does not endorse, authorize, certify, maintain or control the content of the report. The Government of Alberta is not liable for any direct, indirect, special, punitive, incidental or consequential damages arising out of the use of this information.
- Fort Hills Oil Sands Lease Agreement, 2009
- Canada's Oil Sands, Opportunities and Challenges to 2015, 2006 (PDF, 1.7 MB)
- Petroleum and natural gas tenure in Alberta, 2017
- Responsible actions: a plan for Alberta's oil sands, 2009 (Oil Sands Sustainable Development Secretariat)
- Alberta's oil sands: update on the generic royalty regime, UNITAR conference (7th), October 27 to 31, 1998
Alberta's Oil Sands Leased Area (PDF, 2.7 MB) 2018 shows the total oil sands areas and percentage of the area under lease.
AER Designated Oil Sands Area (PDF, 1.8 MB) 2017 shows the designated oil sands areas with the related Deeper Rights Reversion Zone Designation (DRRZD).
The Oil Sands Royalty Projects Map was developed in 2017 when Alberta Energy began publishing in-depth, oil sands royalty project information on an individual-project basis.
The new Oil Sands Royalty Projects Map is limited to oil sands royalty project information only.
View related information on oil sands projects at:
- Alberta Energy Regulator Scheme Approvals Map
- Alberta Energy Regulator Integrated Application Registry
- Alberta Environment and Parks Oil Sands Information Portal
- Proposed and Under Construction Projects: Alberta Major Projects Map
- Oil sands: facts and stats, June 2017
- Oil and gas royalties in Alberta, September 2012
- Steam assisted gravity drainage: facts and stats (PDF, 248 KB)
- Upgraders and refineries: facts and stats
Read the following publications and fact sheets about unconventional resources in Alberta:
- Hydraulic fracturing in Alberta: facts and stats
- Summary of Alberta's Shale- and Siltstone-Hosted Hydrocarbon Resource Potential: Alberta Geological Survey under the AER
- ST59: Alberta Drilling Activity Monthly Statistics: annual reports (AER)
- The Ultimate Potential for Unconventional Petroleum from the Montney Formation of British Columbia and Alberta, 2013: briefing note, National Energy Board
Connect with Alberta Energy reception:
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