Notice of Application
Oil Sands Conservation Act Application 1941590
Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act Application 004-00336673
Imperial Oil Resources Limited
Enhanced Bitumen Recovery Technology (EBRT) Pilot Project
The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has received Oil Sands Conservation Act (OSCA)application 1941590 and Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA) application 004-00336673 from Imperial Oil Resources Limited (Imperial).
This notice also sets out the deadline for filing statements of concern on both applications. See the section below on how to file a statement of concern for filing dates.
Description of the Applications
The EBRT Pilot Project is an experimental scheme located within Township 94, Range 7, West of the 4th Meridian and utilizes solvent-enhanced, steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) technology to recover bitumen from the McMurray Formation. Imperial has applied under OSCA and EPEA to modify the EBRT Pilot Project elements to remove utilization of the adjacent Aspen solvent assisted SAGD Project central processing facility (CPF) and operate independently. Surface equipment modifications include the addition of steam generation, solvent recovery, water treatment, and associated tankage. Supporting infrastructure modifications include the addition of a water source well, a disposal well, a borrow pit, and eight observations wells. An increase to the original pad size will support the addition of another well pair, totalling three for the EBRT Pilot Project, and the modifications to the surface equipment and supporting infrastructure.
To receive a copy of the applications, submit an information request, as outlined at www1.aer.ca/ProductCatalogue/ordering.html, to
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 notification.
How to File a Statement of Concern
For your submission to be considered a valid statement of concern, it must be filed by 11:59 p.m. on February 6, 2023. Send one copy of your statement of concern to Imperial Oil Resources Limited at the name and address above and one copy either online via the AER’s web-based form or by mail or email:
Mail or email:
Alberta Energy Regulator
Suite 1000, 250 – 5 Street SW
Calgary, Alberta T2P 0R4
Contents of a Statement of Concern
For your submission to be considered a valid statement of concern, it must include
- why you believe 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 you advocate;
- the location of your land, residence, or activity in relation to the location of the energy resource 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 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 www.aer.ca.
Submissions relating exclusively to compensation for land use are not dealt with by the AER and should be referred to the Land and Property Rights Tribunal (formerly the 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.
Issued at Calgary, Alberta, on January 5, 2023.
ALBERTA ENERGY REGULATOR