Alberta leads the way in crude oil production increase

Statistics Canada said exports of crude oil and equivalent products increased 10.7% from the same month a year earlier

Alberta leads the way in crude oil production increaseCanada produced 23.1 million cubic metres (145.6 million barrels) of crude oil and equivalent products in October, up 13.2 per cent from the same month a year earlier, according to Statistics Canada. The federal agency said on Friday that Alberta produced 19.3 million cubic metres of crude oil and equivalent products in October, an increase…

Report says oil prices expected to rise

Prices will improve because of increased demand from U.S. refineries, improving transportation capacity and mandatory productions cuts in Alberta

Report says oil prices expected to riseThe oilpatch in Alberta has had a tough go of it since oil prices collapsed in the latter part of 2014. But on Tuesday there was some good news from a new report released by Deloitte’s Resource and Advisory Group. It forecasts prices for Canadian heavy and light oil to improve somewhat in 2019 because…

New coalition seeks to create a compelling LNG narrative for Canada

The group is hosting a session on Jan. 15 in Calgary to gauge interest. So far, nearly two dozen organizations plan to attend

New coalition seeks to create a compelling LNG narrative for CanadaCanada's oil and gas industry long ago lost control over the narratives that shaped the worldview of its oil sands sector. Sadly, that perspective includes much of Canada. The sector is constantly reacting to competing narratives expertly controlled by outside forces much more proficient at storytelling than we’ve been. As a result, Canada's global reputation as…

Nimble, creative deal-makers concentrate on building, operating hotels

Eric Watson explains how MasterBUILT Hotels’ business strategy allows the company to succeed in challenging times

Nimble, creative deal-makers concentrate on building, operating hotelsEric Watson is president of MasterBUILT Hotels. Tell me about MasterBUILT Hotels – the history of the company, the number of hotels and where they’re located. Watson: MasterBUILT Hotels was formed in April 2011 by two prominent Calgary business leaders and friends – Jay Westman and Marc Staniloff – with the mission of developing 75…

A hurtin’ song for Albertans – and a wakeup call to the nation

If the rest of Canada won’t listen to other forms of conversation about the importance of the energy sector, how about a song?

A hurtin’ song for Albertans – and a wakeup call to the nationThings have devolved into such a state of ridiculous zaniness on Canada's energy scape that perhaps it's time to express our travails through that time-proven panacea for all forms of hurt: the country and western song. Such songs can timelessly and eloquently express a range of sentiments and emotions. They’re anthems to spirit, grittiness and…

Feds investing $1.6 billion in Canada’s oil and gas sector

Money intended to ‘protect jobs and restore competitiveness during this difficult time’

Feds investing $1.6 billion in Canada’s oil and gas sectorThe federal government announced 0n Tuesday in Edmonton more than $1.6 billion to support jobs and workers in Canada’s oil and gas sector “as Canada seeks to diversify export markets for its resources beyond the United States.” The announcement was made by federal Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi and International Trade Diversification Minister Jim Carr.…

Mainstreet Equity records best fiscal year since recession

A return to double-digit growth across all of its key real estate metrics

Mainstreet Equity records best fiscal year since recessionMainstreet Equity Corp. says the apartment rental company managed to not only survive but thrive in 2018, producing its best annual results since the recession began in 2014. For Fiscal 2018, which ended Sept. 30, this included a return to double-digit growth across all of its key real estate metrics. Net operating income grew 12…

U.S. imports of Canadian heavy crude oil continues to grow

U.S. is by far the world’s largest refining market for heavy oil, processing more than half of all that type of crude globally in 2018

U.S. imports of Canadian heavy crude oil continues to growA new report released on Tuesday by IHS Markit says imports of Canadian heavy crude are an increasingly important source of supply to the United States, the world’s largest refining market for such crudes. The report, Looking North: A U.S. Perspective on Canadian Heavy Oil, said U.S. imports of Canadian heavy crudes will approach 2.8…

Athabasca Oil chopping 25% of head office staff

The sector is still a long ways away from permanent solutions, says company president Robert Broen

Athabasca Oil chopping 25% of head office staffAthabasca Oil Corp. announced on Tuesday that it has undertaken a number of actions to enhance its competitiveness and resiliency. It has introduced a streamlined corporate cost structure that consists of a 25 per cent reduction in head office staff effective immediately and 10 per cent rollback in salaries for executives and directors. The company did…

Canadian crude oil production on the rise in September

StatsCan said Alberta produced 17.4 million cubic metres of crude oil and equivalent products in the month

Canadian crude oil production on the rise in SeptemberCanadian production of crude oil and equivalent products totalled 21.1 million cubic metres (132.6 million barrels) in September, up 5.7 per cent compared with the same month in 2017, says Statistics Canada. Non-upgraded production of crude bitumen surpassed 9.0 million cubic metres for the third consecutive month, to reach 9.3 million cubic metres (+15.0 per…

Oil production cut to take 2.2% out of Alberta’s GDP in 2019

The move is also bound to have implications for Canada’s economy: Conference Board of Canada

Oil production cut to take 2.2% out of Alberta’s GDP in 2019The Alberta government’s unprecedented move to cut back oil production in the province starting next year is “a desperate measure to alleviate bottlenecks and bolster prices,” says a commentary by the Conference Board of Canada. “Whether there’s a payoff will be hard to determine and will depend on whose opinion you ask on this complex…

Capital expenditures in Canadian oil patch plunge 58% from 2014

ATB report blames the decline on the completion of major projects and the dramatic oil price differential

Capital expenditures in Canadian oil patch plunge 58% from 2014The news from the oil patch continues to raise concerns across Alberta and Canada. The latest is the revelation that capital expenditure in the oil patch, a driving force of the national and provincial economies, is falling again. ATB Financial’s Economics & Research Team on Thursday released data from Statistics Canada indicating that there were “whispers…

Alberta cuts oil production in face of price differential

‘Every Albertan owns the energy resources in the ground and we have a duty to defend those resources,’ says Premier Notley

Alberta cuts oil production in face of price differentialAlberta Premier Rachel Notley announced on Sunday that the province is mandating a short-term reduction in oil production in response to the historically high oil price differential. The provincial government says that differential is costing the national economy more than $80 million a day. Production of raw crude oil and bitumen will be reduced by…

Two crises, one ineffectual government

The failure to approve a pipeline has turned an economic problem into an existential crisis for the country

Two crises, one ineffectual governmentOne crisis in the West. One crisis in the East. Can Prime Minister Justin Trudeau feel the eyes on his back? Alberta and other portions of the West are absolutely reeling from the devastating impact of criminally low oil prices. Oil and gas companies and their suppliers are losing money. Our resources are being stolen.…

Will Canadians pay attention if we turn the pumps off?

National No-Hydrocarbon Days would hit both anti-energy and complacent Canadians where it hurts: their energy-entitled lives

Will Canadians pay attention if we turn the pumps off?Maybe the oil and gas sector should take a page from the postal workers’ playbook and implement rotating strikes. Look how fast Ottawa jumped to the pump on the postal file. Screw with timely arrival of Canadian gifts at Christmas? No sir. But Canadians’ gas tanks? A whole other matter entirely. That's why the sector…
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