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Notice of Application
OSCA Application No. 1916645
EPEA Application No. 028-11115
Canadian Natural Resources Limited
Primrose North Pad Add Extension Project

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has received Oil Sands Conservation Act (OSCA) application 1916645 and Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA) application 028-11115.

This notice sets out the deadline for filing a statement of concern under the section “How to File a Statement of Concern.”

Description of the Applications
Canadian Natural Resources Limited (CNRL) has applied under OSCA and EPEA for approval of the Primrose North Pad Add Extension project (the extension project), which will amalgamate CNRL’s recently acquired Caribou Lake in situ oil sands project with its Primrose and Wolf Lake project. The extension project would recover bitumen from the Clearwater Formation using cyclic steam stimulation.

The extension project would be located within the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range in Township 69, Ranges 4 and 5, West of the 4th Meridian, about 60 kilometres northwest of the city of Cold Lake. CNRL proposes to initially develop two well pads, with eight more potentially being developed over the life of the extension project. The steam generation, water treatment, and bitumen processing facilities at the existing Wolf Lake central processing facility and the Primrose north, south, and east satellite steam plants will provide the necessary capacity to develop the proposed well pads. There will be no increase in air emissions or water use.  

CNRL has also requested to rescind the OSCA and EPEA approvals for the Caribou Lake project.

For a copy of the applications, contact
Canadian Natural Resources Limited
2500, 855 – 2 Street SW
Calgary, Alberta  T2P 4J8
Attention: Marc Scrimshaw
Telephone: 403-386-5740
Email: @email 

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 0)
Email: @email

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 notification.Requirement to File a Statement of Concern

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 January 3, 2019. Send one copy of your statement of concern to Canadian Natural Resources Limited 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
Email: @email 

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

  • why you believe that you may be directly and adversely affected by a decision of the AER on the applications;
  • the nature of your objection to the applications;
  • the outcome of the applications that you advocate;
  • 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
  • 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 requests that you include the application numbers 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 the authorizations specialist, Helen Huang, by phone at 403-297-5934 or by email to

Issued at Calgary, Alberta, on December 4, 2018.


Charlene Graham, General Counsel