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As part of the AER’s mandate, the AER provides credible information about Alberta’s energy resources that can be used for decision making. To this end, the AER regularly updates ST98: Alberta’s Energy Reserves and Supply/Demand Outlook, which gives stakeholders independent and comprehensive information on the state of reserves and supply and demand outlook for Alberta’s diverse energy resources: crude bitumen, crude oil, natural gas, natural gas liquids, sulphur, and coal.  

The current version of ST98 includes estimates of initial established reserves (recoverable quantities estimated to be in the ground before any production), remaining established reserves (recoverable quantities known to be left in the ground), and ultimate potential (recoverable quantities that have already been discovered plus those that have yet to be discovered).

It also includes, for Alberta’s energy resources, supply and demand estimates for 2017 and a ten-year supply and demand forecast from 2018 through to 2027 (the forecast period). Additionally, this report discusses commodity pricescapital expenditures in the oil and gas sector, and transportation and facilities related to Alberta’s energy resources.

Electronic data files for crude oil and natural gas reserves, as well as PDF maps of designated fields, oil sands areas, development entities, and related ST98 documents, are available for purchase from the AER’s product catalogue, which can be found here.

The ST98: 2018 executive summary [PDF] and the report Highlights infographic [PDF] are available for download in PDF format.

For general inquiries, contact the AER’s Energy Statistics Team at


The following AER staff contributed to this report:

Principal Authors:

Reserves: Adam Preston, Courtney Whibbs, Hannah LaPlante, Jim Jenkins, Kevin Parks, Krista Beavis, Michael Teare, Shauna Miller, and Yangchen Sheka

Supply/Demand and Economics: Andrew Hill, Andrea Willwerth, Banafsheh Ashrafi, Charles Tamblyn, Glen Tsui, Mussie Yemane, and Shamus Hardie

Data: Amber Sims, David Hiebert, Emilie Parks, Glen Tsui, Joe Li, Joy Liu, Judy VanHorne, MaryAnne Perfect, Michael Schaeffer, Michael Teare, and Sally Kan

Production: Aaron Dalton, Debra Tozzo, Emilie Parks, Enzo Tudda, Joe Li, Joy Liu, Karen Logan, Kelley Kissner, Kristie Bogle, Michael Schaeffer, and Sarah Hamza

Web Team: Andrew Crayden and Jessica Herzog

IT Support: Peter Yang and Sara John

Communications Advisor: Kate Bowering

Coordinator: Glen Tsui