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Heavy Oil Working Group - Canada
United States, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela, Peru and Ecuador
To serve as a forum for heavy oil producers/consumers in the Americas to exchange information on best practices and technological innovation.
The energy supply portfolio of our hemisphere is shifting from one dominated by conventional resources to one increasingly dominated by unconventional resources. To address this issue, Canada has established the Heavy Oil Working Group to link together interested governments (initially of Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Mexico, the United States and Venezuela, industry, regional energy organizations and other stakeholders. This group will allow us to gain a greater understanding of the role of heavy oil in the Americas, and how we can work to reduce the environmental footprint of its extraction and development.
This working group seeks to: enhance information exchange and share technical expertise; identify challenges and barriers in areas of common interest, elaborate potential solutions and best practices or project initiatives to address these challenges; gain a greater understanding of the current role and future significance of heavy oils in the Americas; identify best practices in the heavy oil field in the participating countries; promote technical cooperation between national research centres; and collaborate with other networks on heavy oil.
Canada will coordinate the Heavy Oil Working Group with input from other members.
Natural Resources Canada, Others TBD
August 24, 2015 - Canada to host the 4th meeting of the Heavy Oil Working Group (HOWG) in Bogotá, Colombia.
April 16, 2010 - Canada Launches Heavy Oil Working Group to Promote Cleaner Fossil Fuels.
Fourth Meeting of the Heavy Oil Working Group - September 22nd, 2015. See event,
Third Meeting of the Heavy Oil Working Group - April 19th, 2012
Event Information, Presentations, and Photos
Second Meeting of the Heavy Oil Working Group - August 1st, 2011
- The Relationship Between Technology and Policy, some Examples from the Oil Sands of Alberta
- Eurasia Group Energy Outlook
Marcela Arteaga Cardona
- Alternate Steam Injection Pilot Testing
- Heavy Oil Upgrading From Mine to Motor
Edgar Rangel Germán
- Supporting technology development: The role of the public sector in Mexico
William Flórez Villamizar
- Strategy and Relationship Among Universities offering Hydrocarbon Programs, and the Production and Public Sectors in Colombia
Jaime Jiménez Viacobo
- CONACYT-SENER-Hydrocarbon Industry Fund
First Meeting of the Heavy Oil Working Group - March 14, 2011
Initiative Point of Contact
Senior Policy Advisor
Energy Policy Branch - International Energy Division
Natural Resources Canada