• Canadian Natural Resources reported September production of synthetic crude oil at its Horizon project of 108,800 bpd. Horizon production was 50,500 bpd in August and 93,300 bpd in July. The company has been engaged in maintenance at the project and stated that September production volumes were close to design capacity.  
  • Connacher announced that bitumen production for its Pod One and Algar steam assisted drainage (SAGD) operations surpassed 12,000 bpd during September. Bitumen production at Pod One averaged nearly 6,700 bpd for the seven days ending October 2, 2010, with bitumen production at Algar averaging approximately 5,015 bpd for that same period. The company expects bitumen production volumes from Pod One to approach 9,000 bpd towards the end of this year.
  • Cenovus recently received regulatory approval to build Phases F, G and H of its Foster Creek in Situ Oil Sands operation. These additional Phases are expected to increase production to 210,000 bpd of bitumen from the current 120,000 bpd of bitumen. Each of the three phases will add an estimated 30,000 bpd, with production from the new phases anticipated to begin in 2014. Overall, the company anticipates its expansion program will result in a five‐fold increase in its oil sands production by the end of 2019. The company also discussed expansion initiatives at its Foster Creek and Christina Lake oil sands projects. Cenovus has also recently made an application for another oil sands project at Narrows Lake, for which it has partnered with ConocoPhillips.  
  • Devon announced it will go ahead with its third SAGD project on its Jackfish leases in the Athabasca oil sands. Jackfish 3 still awaits regulatory approval, but the company expects to begin construction on the facilities towards the end of 2011, with a plant start‐up target of 2015. Jackfish 3 is expected to produce an average of 35,000 bpd of bitumen before royalties. The company stated that "Devon’s oilsands projects provide visible, low‐risk oil production growth through the end of the decade while serving as a natural hedge to North American natural gas."  
  • Total E&P Canada has received regulatory approval to construct and operate a 300,000 bpd upgrader in Strathcona County, Alberta. This approval is subject to conditions focused on sulphur recovery, emergency response, noise impact assessments, sound monitoring, and beginning construction prior to October 1, 2016. Total stated that it believes this additional upgrading capacity is necessary to match the projection for bitumen production in Alberta expected to surpass 3 million bpd by 2020.  
  • Royal Dutch Shell, operator of the Athabasca oil sands project, announced the start of production of a 100,000 bpd expansion of its oil sands operations at Jackpine. The company stated that the new mine is one of a series of major projects that is expected to raise Shell’s global oil and gas production by 11%.  
  • BA Energy, a subsidiary of Value Creation Inc. (VCI), has filed an application with the Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) to build a pilot SAGD project producing 1,000 bpd on its TriStar leases in the Athabasca oilsands area. This new upgrading technology aims to simplify the complexity of the production process by directly upgrading the SAGD wellhead slurry of bitumen emulsion, which means refiners can process the modified crude and avoid double processing in the upgrader