What is Cold Lake crude?

The main players in the Cold Lake oil sands deposit are Imperial Oil Resources, Cenovus Energy, Canadian Natural Resources Limited and Shell Energy. Cold Lake production is bitumen based and requires the use of steam to release the bitumen from the underground reservoirs, and the use of diluents to meet pipeline viscosity and density specifications.

Light Ends Summary

Property (vol%)Most Recent Sample6 Month Average1 Year Average5 Year Average
C3- 0.05 0.05 0.04 0.05
Butanes 1.00 1.43 1.33 1.11
Pentanes 8.62 9.83 9.37 7.56
Hexanes 5.23 6.14 5.74 5.57
Heptanes 2.81 3.18 3.06 3.24
Octanes 1.60 1.74 1.72 1.94
Nonanes 0.96 0.92 0.96 1.22
Decanes 0.53 0.44 0.45 0.61

BTEX

Property (vol%)Most Recent Sample6 Month Average1 Year Average5 Year Average
Benzene 0.19 0.22 0.18 0.21
Toluene 0.29 0.31 0.26 0.34
Ethyl Benzene 0.03 0.04 0.03 0.04
Xylenes 0.21 0.25 0.21 0.27

Distillation

TBP ASTM D2892 & D5236
HTSD ASTM D7169

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Most Recent Sample Comments:
CL-467, Jun 1, 2017

Last 6 Samples

Increased TAN and decreased metals were recorded for the June sample of Cold Lake.

Basic Analysis

PropertyMost Recent Sample6 Month Average1 Year Average5 Year Average
Density (kg/m3) 923.6 920.7 924.6 926.6
Gravity (oAPI) 21.6 22.1 21.4 21.1
Sulphur (wt%) 3.82 3.80 3.82 3.78
MCR (wt%) 10.20 10.31 10.38 10.43
Sediment (ppmw) - 94 86 96
TAN (mgKOH/g) 1.23 1.20 1.20 1.03
Salt (ptb) - 4.2 4.1 8.2
Nickel (mg/L) 57.4 61.0 62.6 64.6
Vanadium (mg/L) 147.0 153.3 160.9 166.7
Olefins (wt%) - - - ND

*ND indicates a tested value below the instrument threshold.
1 Reference temperatures can be found here

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