The OSTRF is owned by the University of Alberta and sponsored by Canada's Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA). The OSTRF is located in Devon, Alberta, Canada, in a unique partnership using shared facilities with Alberta Innovates and Natural Resources Canada’s CETC – Devon (Canadian Centre for Mineral and Energy Technology [CANMET]).
Funding for the OSTRF’s $2.3 million worth of capital infrastructure came from a Canada Foundation for Innovation grant (Federal Government), Natural Resources Canada, Alberta Science and Research Investment Program (Alberta Government) and Oil Sands industry partners (Syncrude, Suncor, Albian, and True North Energy). Canadian Natural Resources Limited [CNRL], Deer Creek Energy Limited (Total E&P Canada Ltd.), and FortHills Energy LP have subsequently provided capital funds for the OSTRF. Yearly operational and research funding is provided by COSIA as well as in-kind support from CANMET and Alberta Innovates.
Locating the OSTRF adjacent to CANMET allows for closer collaboration with its 55 scientific personnel and permits access to $20 million in state of the art scientific research equipment and infrastructure. Students will be exposed to CANMET’s active tailings research program at the OSTRF and will have an opportunity to understand the oil sands industry from a number of different perspectives.
OSTRF Sponsor Links
Syncrude Canada Ltd. http://www.syncrude.ca
Suncor Energy http://www.suncor.com
Albian Sands http://www.albiansands.com/
Canadian Natural Resources Limited http://www.cnrl.com/horizon/
Total E&P Canada Ltd. http://www.total-ep-canada.com/
FortHills Energy LP http://www.uts.ca/business/forthills.html
Alberta Energy Research Institute http://www.aeri.ab.ca/
Natural Resources Canada’s Canadian Centre for Mineral and Energy Technology (CANMET)
Alberta Research Council http://www.arc.ab.ca/
University of Alberta www.ualberta.ca
Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, University of Alberta http://www.uofaweb.ualberta.ca/civil/
Canada's Oil Sands Innovation Alliance
Oil Sands Research and Information Network http://www.osrin.ualberta.ca
If your organization is interested in joining the OSTRF as a sponsor please contact Dr. Ward Wilson, principle investigator, ward.wilson[at]ualberta.ca