Application 1758947

Notice of Application
Application No. 1758947
Cenovus FCCL Ltd.
Athabasca Oil Sands Area

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has received Oil Sands Conservation Act (OSCA) Application No. 1758947 from Cenovus FCCL Ltd. (Cenovus) for approval of an expansion of the phases A–G central processing facility (phase H) and an expansion east of the project area (eastern expansion) at the approved Christina Lake Thermal Project (CLTP). The AER is reviewing the application together with Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA) Application No. 019-48522 and the associated environmental impact assessment (EIA) report.

A combined notice of filing and application was issued by the AER and Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD) on August 23, 2013, setting a deadline of November 16, 2013, for filing statements of concern with respect to the EPEA application. No deadline was established for filing statements of concern regarding the OSCA application. This notice sets the deadline for filing statements of concern with respect to the OSCA application.

Description of the Project

Cenovus has applied to expand the  CLTP’s central processing facility, which currently includes phases A to G, by constructing, operating, and reclaiming a new phase, phase H. This expansion would increase the overall bitumen production capacity to 49 284 cubic metres per day (m3/d) (310 000 barrels per day) and increase steam production capacity to 89 696 m3/d cold water equivalent.

To support the future recovery of the resource at the CLTP, Cenovus has also applied to expand the currently approved project area to the east. This expansion would include an additional 748 steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) well pairs on 72 well pads for long-term development, totalling 2177 SAGD well pairs on 206 pads for the total proposed project area. Bitumen would be produced from the Wabiskaw-McMurray deposit and would be recovered using SAGD. Phases A–G are located about 20 kilometres (km) southeast of the community of Conklin, Alberta, and 120 km north of the town of Lac La Biche in Townships 75–76, Ranges 5–6, all West of the 4th Meridian. The eastern expansion would be located in Townships 75–76, Ranges 4–5, West of the 4th Meridian.

A development area defining the near-term development of the CLTP is also being proposed that would include 1453 SAGD well pairs on 136 well pads in addition to those that have already been approved. The necessary processing facilities, infrastructure, utilities, and pad facilities would be constructed to handle the proposed production capacity of the development area.

Cenovus has prepared and submitted the following documents:
  • Application No. 1758947, under section 13 of the OSCA, to construct and operate the CLTP expansion.
  • Application No. 019-48522, under Part 2, Division 2, section 70 of the EPEA, to construct, operate, and reclaim the CLTP expansion.
  • An EIA report associated with the above applications.

For a copy of the OSCA application, contact
Cenovus FCCL Ltd.
500 Centre Street SE
Calgary, Alberta  T2P 0M5
Attention: Cohl Robertson
Telephone: 403-766-4237
Fax: 403-517-7514

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  T5J 5E6
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 the OSCA application and have not filed a statement of concern with the AER, you must file a statement of concern as described below. If you do not file a statement of concern, the AER will continue to process the application and may it approve 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 August 30, 2014.
Send one copy of your statement of concern to Cenovus 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

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

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 e-mail 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. Any request made under section 49 must be copied to the other parties to the proceeding. Section 49 of the Rules of Practice is available on the AER website at .

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.

For information on AER procedures, contact
In Situ Authorizations
Attention: Shay Dodds
Telephone: 403-297-7023
Fax: 403-297-3187

Issued at Calgary, Alberta, on July 31, 2014.
Patricia M. Johnston, Q.C., General Counsel