Application 1740129

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:
  • Application No. 1740129, under section 10 of the OSCA, to construct and operate the project.
  • Application No. 001-309437, under Part 2, Division 2 of EPEA, to construct, operate, and reclaim the proposed expansion.
  • An EIA report associated with the above applications.

For a copy of the OSCA application, contact
Value Creation Inc.
Suite 1100, 635 – 8 Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta  T2P 0S8
Attention: Karen Cresine
Telephone: 403-539-4503

To view the application, EIA report, 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
44 Capital Boulevard
11th Floor, 10044 – 108 Street
Edmonton, Alberta  T5K 2M4
Telephone: 780-427-2985
(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 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

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 on the application;
  2. the nature of your objection to the application;
  3. the outcome of the application 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 proposed application; and
  5. your contact information, including your name, address in Alberta, telephone number, and 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:

  1. the constitutional question you intend to raise,
  2. the legal argument you intend to make, and
  3. 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, 1982.

For information on AER procedures, contact the authorizations specialist, Tiffany Wei, by phone at 403-297-6012 or by e-mail to

Issued at Calgary, Alberta, on July 23, 2014.
Patricia M. Johnston, Q.C., General Counsel