Notice of Application
Application No. 1740129
Value Creation Inc.
Athabasca Oil Sands Area
The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has received Application No. 1740129 from Value Creation Inc. (VCI) for approval of its Advance TriStar (ATS) project under the Oil Sands Conservation Act (OSCA). The AER is reviewing the application together with Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA) Application No. 001-309437 and the associated environmental impact assessment (EIA) report.
A notice of application was issued jointly by the AER and Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development on February 1, 2013, setting a deadline of April 19, 2013, to file statements of concern with respect to the EPEA application. This notice establishes the deadline to file statements of concern regarding the OSCA application.Description of the Project
VCI has applied to construct, operate, and reclaim an in situ oil sands project about 10 kilometres northeast of Fort McMurray, Alberta, located in Sections 20 and 30, Township 89, Range 8, West of the 4th Meridian. The project would use steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) to recover bitumen from the McMurray Formation in three phases: ATS-1, ATS-2, and ATS-3, with a production capacity of 2 385 cubic metres per day (m3/d) (15 000 barrels per day [bbl/d]), 4 770 m3/d (28 500 bbl/d), and 4 770 m3/d ( 28 500 bbl/d), respectively. VCI would also import and process 2 385 cubic m3/d (15 000 bbl/d) of bitumen from off lease in ATS-1. The project’s total bitumen production capacity, excluding off-lease bitumen, would be 11 924 cubic metres per day (m3/d) (75 000 bbl/d) using VCI’s proprietary bitumen processing and upgrading technology. The upgraded crude oil, including off-lease bitumen, would be blended with some diluent to produce 14 800 m3/d (93 089 bbl/d) of premium oil essentially containing no asphaltenes and named Value Creation medium oil (VC-M). Construction of ATS-1 is expected to take two years, at which time initial production would start. The project would include a central processing facility, thermal injection wells, production wells, disposal wells, utilities, borrow pits, and access roads as well as other associated infrastructure.VCI has prepared and submitted the following documents:
For a copy of the OSCA application, contact
Value Creation Inc.
Suite 1100, 635 – 8 Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta T2P 0S8
Attention: Karen Cresine
AER Information Management Branch
Alberta Government Library
AER Fort McMurray Regional Office
If you have concerns with the OSCA 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 August 22, 2014.
Send one copy of your statement of concern to VCI 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 your submission to be considered a valid statement of concern, it must include
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.
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:
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, 1982.
For information on AER procedures, contact the authorizations specialist, Tiffany Wei, by phone at 403-297-6012 or by e-mail to Tiffany.Wei@aer.ca.
Issued at Calgary, Alberta, on July 23, 2014.
ALBERTA ENERGY REGULATOR
Patricia M. Johnston, Q.C., General Counsel