The hydrocarbon resource found in Canada’s oil sands is called bitumen. Because it does not flow like conventional crude oil, it must be mined or heated underground before it can be processed.
Not all innovation takes place in a lab.
From the corporate office to the well site, our scientists and engineers work together every day to acquire and apply technologies that increase our profitability and reduce our environmental impacts.
A successful business and a responsible business are not mutually exclusive. We develop oil sands recovery technologies that help us use less water and burn less natural gas, while decreasing costs and increasing production, creating win-win solutions to today’s energy problems.
Challenging the world to reimagine what we can do with carbon dioxide emissions
ConocoPhillips is piloting technology that has the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase production.
Despite the belief that hydraulic fracturing is a new process, it has actually been safely used for about 60 years in Canada.
The steam-assisted gravity drainage recovery technique we use at our Surmont facility requires the production of steam using large boilers called once-through steam generators, or OTSGs.
At a SAGD development like Surmont, steam is injected into the ground to melt subsurface bitumen, which reduces its viscosity enough that it can be extracted.
Our current method of in-situ extraction is called steam-assisted gravity drainage – or SAGD.
Our Surmont facility uses a process called steam-assisted gravity drainage – or SAGD – to recover bitumen resources.