Mining – In Situ Operations
In this bulletin, the AER announced that it clarified the application processes for partial upgraders related to mining and in situ operations under Directive 023 (Draft): Oil Sands Project Applications and Directive 078: Regulatory Application Process for Modifications to Commercial In Situ Oil Sands Projects. The AER clarified the application process in support of the Government of Alberta’s Partial Upgrading Program.
Partial upgraders are reviewed as “processing plants” under the Oil Sands Conservation Act and as “oil sands processing plants” under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act. The AER requirements for processing plants did not change.