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Notice of Application
OSCA Application 1950209
EPEA Application 006-00203303
Value Creation Inc. 
Heartland Upgrader Project Amendment Application

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has received Oil Sands Conservation Act (OSCA) application 1950209 and Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA) application 006-00203303 from Value Creation Inc. (VCI). The AER is reviewing the applications together with the supporting documents.

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

Description of the Applications
VCI has applied under the OSCA and EPEA to amend their current OSCA and EPEA processing plant approvals for their previously approved Heartland Upgrader Project (HUP). The construction of the HUP project was halted in 2008. The proposed changes to the scope of the project include building 3 phases of Diluent Recovery and Selective Decarbonization within the same project area and eliminating the previously approved oil cracking and refining processes.

The amended project is expected to have a processing capacity of 260,400 barrels per day of diluted bitumen and will recover diluent and produce a heavy crude oil product that will be blended and sent to market. The project is located approximately 18 kilometres northeast of the city of Fort Saskatchewan at the south half of Section 10, Township 056, Range 21, West of the 4th Meridian in the Alberta Industrial Heartland Area.

For a copy of the applications, contact
Value Creation Inc. 
1100, 635-8th Avenue SW 
Calgary, Alberta T2P 3M3
Attention: Cindy Yin, P.Eng.
Telephone: 587-917-3994
Fax: 403-539-4501
Email: @email

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

AER Information Distribution Services 
Suite 1000, 250 – 5 Street SW
Calgary, Alberta T2P 0R4
Telephone: 1-855-297-8311 
(toll free; option 0)
Email: @email 

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 April 5, 2024. Send one copy of your statement of concern to VCI 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:
Regulatory Applications 
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

  1. why you believe you may be directly and adversely affected by a decision of the AER on the applications;
  2. the nature of your objection to the applications;
  3. the outcome of the applications you advocate;
  4. 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
  5. 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

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.

For information on AER procedures, contact the regulatory applications specialist, Adriana Ledi, by phone at 780-788-6405 or by email to @email.

Issued at Calgary, Alberta, on March 5, 2024.