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Notice of Application
OSCA Application No. 1861615
EPEA Application No. 005-203303
Value Creation Inc.       
Heartland Upgrader Project Amendment

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has received Oil Sands Conservation Act (OSCA)Application No. 1861615 and Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA)Application No. 005-203303. The AER is reviewing the applications concurrently.

This notice sets out the deadline for filing statements of concern. See the section below on how to file a statement of concern for filing dates.

Description of the Applications
Value Creation Inc. (VCI)  has applied under section 13 of the OSCA to amend Approval No. 10330A and under Part 2, Division 2, of EPEA to amend Approval No. 203303-00-00. The amendments are to remove one of the three approved phases for its Heartland Upgrader Project and to add two clean oil refining units to further process the product from its clean oil cracking unit into high-quality diesel, hydrotreated naphtha, and premium synthetic crude oil.

The proposed amendments would reduce the diluted bitumen processing capacity from 41 400 cubic metres per day (m3/d; 260 400 barrels per day [bbl/d]) to 27 600 m3/d (173 600 bpd).

The project is located in Section 10, Township 56, Range 21, West of the Fourth Meridian, in the Astotin Heavy Industrial Area of Strathcona County.

For a copy of the applications, contact
Value Creation Inc.
11th Floor, 635 – 8 Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta T2P 3M3
Attention: Dr. Liming Liu, P.Eng.
Phone: 403-539-4500
Fax: 403-539-4501

To receive a copy of the applications and supporting documents, submit an information request, as outlined at, to

AER Order Fulfillment
Suite 1000, 250 – 5 Street SW
Calgary, Alberta  T2P 0R4
Telephone: 1-855-297-8311 (toll free; option 2)

Refer to this notice when requesting information for a faster response.

Requirement to File a Statement of Concern
If you have concerns with these applications, you must file a statement of concern as described below. If you do not file a statement of concern, the AER may approve the applications without further notice.

How to File a Statement of Concern
For your submission to be considered a valid statement of concern, it must be filed before 4:00 p.m. on July 28, 2016. Send one copy of your statement of concern to VCI at the name and address above and one copy to

Authorizations Branch
Alberta Energy Regulator
Suite 1000, 250 – 5 Street SW
Calgary, Alberta  T2P 0R4
Fax: 403-297-7336

Contents of a Statement of Concern
For your submission to be considered a valid statement of concern, it must include

a) why you believe that you may be directly and adversely affected by a decision of the AER on the applications;

b) the nature of your objection to the applications;

c) the outcome of the applications that you advocate;

d) the location of your land, residence, or activity in relation to the location of the energy resource activity that is the subject of the applications; and

e) your contact information, including your name, address in Alberta, telephone number, and email address or, if you do not have an email address, your fax number.

The AER also asks that you include the application number in your statement of concern.

Section 49 of the Alberta Energy Regulator Rules of Practice (Rules of Practice) requires that all documents and information filed in a proceeding be placed on the public record. If you file a submission, you must not include any personal information that you do not want to appear on or are not authorized to put on the public record. Section 49(2) of the Rules of Practice states how to apply to the AER for an order to keep information confidential. The Rules of Practice is available on the AER website at

Submissions relating exclusively to compensation for land use are not dealt with by the AER and should be referred to the Alberta Surface Rights Board.

Under section 21 of the Responsible Energy Development Act, the AER does not have the jurisdiction to assess the adequacy of Crown consultation associated with the rights of aboriginal peoples as recognized and affirmed under the Constitution Act, 1982.

For information on AER procedures, contact Adriana Ledi, Authorizations Branch, by phone at 780-788-6405 or by email to

Issued at Calgary, Alberta, on June 28, 2016.

Patricia M. Johnston, Q.C., General Counsel