Application 1731397

Notice of Application
Application No. 1731397
Devon NEC Corporation
Athabasca Oil Sands Area

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has received Application No. 1731397 from Devon NEC Corporation (Devon) for approval of its proposed Pike project under section 10 of the Oil Sands Conservation Act. The AER is reviewing the application together with Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA) Application No. 001-308463 and the associated environmental impact assessment (EIA).

Description of the Project
Devon has applied to construct, operate, and reclaim an in situ oil sands project about 25 kilometres southeast of Conklin, located primarily in Townships 74 and 75, Ranges 5 and 6, West of the 4th Meridian. The proposed project would use steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) technology to recover bitumen resources from the McMurray Formation. The project’s total bitumen production capacity would be 17 328 cubic metres per day (109 000 barrels per day). Pending regulatory approval, construction is expected to start in 2014 and initial production from the project is expected to commence in 2016. The proposed project would include a central processing facility, thermal injection wells, production wells, disposal wells, dewatering facilities, utilities, and associated infrastructure.

Devon has prepared and submitted the following documents:

  • Application No. 1731397 to the AER, under section 10 of the Oil Sands Conservation Act, to construct and operate the project.
  • Application No. 001-308463, under part 2, division 2 of the EPEA, to construct, operate, and reclaim the proposed project.
  • An EIA report associated with the above applications.

For a copy of the above application, contact

Devon NEC Corporation
2000, 400 – 3 Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta T2P 4H2
Attention: Amberly Dooley
Telephone: 403-663-26147

To view the application, EIA, and supporting documents, contact

AER Information Management Branch
Suite 1000, 250 – 5 Street SW
Calgary, Alberta T2P 0R4
Telephone: 1-855-297-8311 (toll free; option 2)
Viewing hours: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Alberta Government Library
Great West Life Building
6th Floor, 9920 – 108 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2M4
Telephone: 780-427-5828 (toll free: 780-310-0000)

AER Fort McMurray Regional Office
2nd Floor, Provincial Building
Box 15, 9915 Franklin Avenue
Fort McMurray, Alberta T9H 2K4
Telephone: 780-743-7214

Requirement to File a Statement of Concern
If you have concerns with application and have not filed a statement of concern with the AER, you must file one as described below under How to File a Statement of Concern. If you do not file a statement of concern, the AER will continue to process the application and may approve it without notifying you.

If the AER does not receive any statements of concern from a person who may be directly and adversely affected by the AER’s decision on the application, the AER may continue to process the application and may approve it without further notice or without a hearing.

How to File a Statement of Concern
For your statement of concern to be considered, it must be filed before 4:00 p.m. on June 30, 2014.

Send one copy of your statement of concern to Devon at the name and address above and one copy to
Authorizations Review and Coordination Team
Alberta Energy Regulator
Suite 1000, 250 – 5 Street SW
Calgary, Alberta T2P 0R4

For statements of concern on Application No. 001-308463, the deadline has already passed.
The AER issued a notice of application for Application No. 001-308463 on December 6, 2012.
The deadline to file a statement of concern on this application was February 22, 2013.

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

a) why you believe you may be directly and adversely affected by a decision on the application;

b) the nature of your objection to the application;

c) the outcome of the application you advocate;

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

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

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.

Questions of Constitutional Law
In addition to giving notice according to section 12 of the Administrative Procedures and Jurisdiction Act and schedule 2 of the Designation of Constitutional Decision Makers Regulation, you must include the following information in your submission if you intend to raise a question of constitutional law:

a) the constitutional question you intend to raise

b) the legal argument you intend to make

c) the evidence you intend to rely on in support of your legal argument

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

For information on AER procedures, contact the authorization specialist, Ken Hale, by phone at 403-297-8405 or by e-mail to

Issued at Calgary, Alberta, on May 30, 2014.

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