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CALGARY, Jan. 18 /CNW/ - Alberta Oilsands Inc. (the "Company" or "AOS") announces that it has submitted a Clearwater West Low Pressure Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage Pilot Project application to the Energy Resources Conservation Board ("ERCB") and Alberta Environment ("AE") for approval. The project is located in the southwest quarter of Section 22 Twp 088 R08W4, approximately one mile southeast of the Fort McMurray Regional Airport. The location is ideally situated as it is in close proximity to abundant services and infrastructure that would facilitate the rapid construction of the facilities, following the approval of the application by the ERCB and AE.
The application is a comprehensive document that is designed to address all of the rigorous requirements to be met prior to approval of a project of this size. These include geological data from the drilling of 22 core holes, detailed cap rock studies, reservoir simulation studies, horizontal well designs, front-end engineering design for the project facilities and infrastructure, environmental impact and emergency response, including surface environmental and brackish source water studies, and public consultation plan.
The project has a design production capacity of 715 m3/day (4,500 barrels per day (bpd)) of bitumen, coming from six (6) horizontal well pairs. The "stacked" well pair configuration comprises two layers of three parallel horizontal well pairs each, one layer located near the base of the McMurray Formation and the second layer located approximately halfway in the depth of the reservoir. A low pressure solvent co-injection scheme is planned for the lower layer of wells. The upper layer of wells is intended to have low pressure steam injection only with the potential application of electro-magnetic heating technology.
The objectives of the project are to demonstrate the producibility and operating characteristics of the thick, bitumen saturated McMurray Formation in the project area. It is also to demonstrate feasibility and operational safety aspects of in-situ bitumen recovery in the Clearwater area and in proximity to the Fort McMurray Regional Airport.
The original submission date of Q3 2009 was deferred due to the inclusion of the "stacked" well pair configuration. The doubling of the number of well pairs in the pilot required recalculation and re-engineering of the pilot surface facilities, reservoir simulation model, process parameters and the air and noise modeling related to the environmental assessment work.
"The submission of the application is a significant step in a series of milestones that AOS has set along the path to achieve the goal of commercial bitumen production. This submission moves AOS one step closer to its vision of a 10,000 barrel per day project at the Clearwater West property," said Shabir Premji, Executive Chairman.
The pilot project application will be available on AOS' website at www.aosapplication.com and on the ERCB website www.ercb.ca.
Alberta Oilsands Inc. is a technically driven high growth energy company focused on the development and conversion of the Company's oil sands resources to reserves and the creation of long term sustainable value by increasing production and cash flow on relevant conventional oil and natural gas assets.
Forward-Looking Statements and Information: This press release contains certain forward-looking statements and information ("forward-looking statements") within the meaning of such statements under applicable securities law including management's assessment of the Company's properties, production and prospects. Forward-looking statements are frequently characterized by words such as "plan", "expect", "project", "intend", "believe", "anticipate", "estimate", "may", "will", "potential", "design", "predict", "proposed" and other similar words, or statements that certain events or conditions "may" or "will" occur. In particular, this news release contains forward-looking statements and information with respect to: (i) the ability of the Company to receive the necessary regulatory approvals in respect of its Clearwater West LP SAGD Pilot application in a timely manner, or at all; (ii) the ability of the Company to raise the necessary funds to proceed with the development of its Clearwater West LP SAGD Pilot; and (iii) the results and timing of development in respect of the Company's Clearwater West LP SAGD Pilot (including in respect of estimated design capacities and simulated production numbers). These statements are only predictions. Forward-looking statements are based on the opinions and estimates of management at the date the statements are made, and are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. These factors include the inherent risks involved in the exploration and development of oil sands and properties, the uncertainties involved in interpreting drilling results and other geological data, uncertainties relating to the ability of the Company to receive the necessary regulatory approvals in respect of its Clearwater West LP SAGD Pilot application, uncertainties relating to the technologies associate with the Clearwater West LP SAGD Pilot and whether the results of the Clearwater West LP SAGD Pilot will meet designed capacities and simulated production numbers once operational, fluctuating oil and gas prices, the possibility of cost overruns or unanticipated costs and expenses, uncertainties relating to the availability and costs of financing needed to fund the Clearwater West LP SAGD Pilot, the possibility that royalties and other government levies could be increased, and other factors including unforeseen delays. As an oil sands focused enterprise, the Company faces risks, including those associated with exploration, development, regulatory approvals, fluctuations in commodity demand and commodity prices and the ability to access sufficient capital from external sources. Anticipated exploration and development plans relating to the Company's properties are subject to change. For a detailed description of the risks and uncertainties facing the Company and its business and affairs, readers should refer to the Company's annual financial statements, management discussion and analysis and annual information form for the year ended December 31, 2008 as well as the Company's management discussion and analysis for the period ended September 30, 2009, all of which are available at www.sedar.com. The Company undertakes no obligation to update such forward-looking statements or information if circumstances or management's estimates or opinions should change, unless required by law.
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For further information: For further information: Alberta Oilsands Inc., Suite 2800, 350 - 7th Avenue S.W., Calgary, Alberta, T2P 3N9; Shabir Premji, Executive Chairman, T: (403) 232-3341, F: (403) 263-6702, email@example.com; or Chad Dust, Executive Vice President Finance and Business Development, T: (403) 538-3191, F: (403) 263-6702, firstname.lastname@example.org