Application 1746146

Notice of Application
Application No. 1746146
Surmont Energy Ltd.
Athabasca Oil Sands Area

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has received Oil Sands Conservation Act (OSCA)Application No. 1746146 from Surmont Energy Ltd. (Surmont) for approval of its Wildwood SAGD project. The AER is reviewing the application together with Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA) Application No. 001-318401.

This notice sets the deadline for filing statements of concern on the OSCA application only. The deadline for filing statements of concern on the EPEA application has already passed. The notice of application setting the deadline for filing statements of concern on the EPEA application was issued by the ESRD on December 10, 2012.

Description of the Applications

Surmont Energy Ltd. has applied under section 10 of the OSCA and part 2, division 2, of the EPEA for the construction, operation, and reclamation of the Wildwood SAGD project. The project would use steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) recovery to produce bitumen from the McMurray Formation. The project would have a maximum bitumen production capacity of 1908 cubic metres per day (m3/d) (12 000 barrels per day). The project would include

  • two initial well pads with up to seven horizontal SAGD well pairs on each pad;
  • a central processing facility consisting of steam generation, power generation, and bitumen and water treatment; and
  • associated facilities, utilities, and infrastructure.

Construction would be planned to commence during the period of 2015-2017, with initial production expected about two to three years after construction begins. The estimated life of the project would be 24 years. The project would be located in Township 82, Ranges 7, 8 and 9, West of the 4th Meridian, about 65 kilometers south of Fort McMurray, Alberta.

For a copy of the applications, contact
Surmont Energy Ltd.
Suite 1060, SunLife Plaza West Tower
144 – 4 Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta T2P 3N4
Attention: Gordon D. Holden
Telephone: 403-807-2397

To view the applications, 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
44 Capital Boulevard
11th Floor, 10044 – 108 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 5E6
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

Refer to this notice when requesting information to expedite the response.

Requirement to File a Statement of Concern

If you have concerns with the OSCA application, you must file a statement of concern as described below. If you do not file a statement of concern, the AER may approve the application without notifying you.

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 October 11, 2014. Send one copy of your statement of concern to Surmont at the name and address above and one copy to
Authorizations Review & Coordination Team
Alberta Energy Regulator
Suite 1000, 250 – 5 Street SW
Calgary, Alberta T2P 0R4
Fax: 403-297-4117

Contents of a Statement of Concern

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

  1. why you believe that you may be directly and adversely affected by a decision of the AER on the application;
  2. the nature of your objection to the application;
  3. the outcome of the application that you advocate;
  4. the location of your land, residence, or activity in relation to the location of the energy resource activity that is the subject of the 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 e-mail address, your fax number.

The deadline for filing a statement of concern on the EPEA application has already passed.


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 Alberta Surface Rights Board.

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
In Situ Subsurface, Authorizations Branch
Attention: Jon Keeler
Telephone: 403-297-4150
Fax: 403-297-3187

Issued at Calgary, Alberta, on September 11, 2014.
Patricia M. Johnston, Q.C., General Counsel