Bulletin 2019-03 – Applications for Partial Upgraders

Applications for Partial Upgraders

In support of the Government of Alberta’s Partial Upgrading Program, the Alberta Energy Regulator has clarified 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.

We expect to receive more applications because of this program and want to ensure our processes are clear.

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. Our requirements for processing plants have not changed.

We’ve added some information to our website, www.aer.ca, to help you apply for these kinds of upgraders: 

For more information, contact our Customer Contact Centre by phone at 403-297-8311 (1-855-297-8311 toll free) or by email at Inquiries@aer.ca.