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The following section provides links to the various documents related to Laricina’s regulatory application process for oil sands development.


Current Development Applications


Archived Applications

  • Saleski Pilot
  • Germain Commercial Demonstration Project

Saleski Phase 1

Layout of Saleski pilot and Phase 1 development plan with initial well pads and corresponding infrastructure and facilities.

Order in Council for Saleski Phase 1 received July 9, 2013.

In December 2010, Laricina submitted the regulatory application for Saleski Phase 1, the first commercial phase development at Saleski. Saleski Phase 1 will expand the existing 1,800-barrel-per-day pilot by 10,700 barrels per day for a combined12,500-barrel-per-day bitumen recovery scheme. Laricina holds a 60 percent ownership in Saleski and is the project operator

In October 2012, Laricina submitted a project update to the Saleski Phase 1 regulatory application to reflect the change to develop the Grosmont C zone from a traditional dual-well SAGD design to a single horizontal well C-SAGD process.

During SAGD operations at the pilot, a steam shut-in yielded increased bitumen rates which resulted in testing C-SAGD recovery where steam is injected and bitumen produced from the same well, as in a cyclic process. Subsequent test cycles were undertaken and indicated that a single well, C-SAGD process is a commercially viable recovery process.

Laricina has advanced the design elements of the Phase 1 project, including engineering, module sourcing and fabrication; with site construction, equipment installation, and drilling the initial horizontal wells expected post funding.

The Saleski Phase 1 project will be located to the southwest of the pilot plant site and a number of the components constructed and used for the pilot will be used for Saleski Phase 1 (e.g. roads, fuel gas pipelines, source and disposal wells and associated pipelines, and construction and operations camp).

The key components of Saleski Phase 1 consist of:

  • A central processing facility (CPF), including produced water recycling equipment
  • One well pad (up to 32 wells)
  • Access corridor to the well pad site that includes a road, surface pipelines and power lines
  • Observation wells
  • Source water and disposal wells

Application Updates

The original applications are available as interactive PDFs and may be downloaded for offline viewing and printing:

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Copies of the applications are available for viewing at the following locations:

  • Wabasca Public Library
    Wabasca, Alberta
    Telephone: 780-891-2203
  • Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB)
    Information Services, Calgary Office
    Suite 1000, 250 - 5 St. S.W.
    Calgary, Alberta T2P 0R4


  • Register of Environmental Assessment Information
    Alberta Environment
    111 Twin Atria Building
    4999 – 98 Avenue
    Edmonton, Alberta
    T6B 2X3

Germain Expansion

Layout of Germain development plan with initial well pads and corresponding infrastructure and facilities.

On November 14, 2011 Laricina submitted a regulatory application to Alberta Environment and Water (AENV) and Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) for a 150,000 barrel-per-day expansion to its already approved 5,000 barrel-per-day Germain Commercial Demonstration Project (Phase 1). The total proposed capacity of the Germain Project of 155,000 barrels-per-day of bitumen is expected to provide sustained production over a 30-year period from the Grand Rapids Formation.

The proposed Germain Project Expansion (Phase 2-4) will build on the learnings and infrastructure from the current 5,000 barrel-per-day Phase 1, Commercial Demonstration Project.

Phase 2 is planned to consist of a 30,000 barrel-per-day facility that will be integrated with the initial 5,000 barrel-per-day Phase 1; Phase 2 may utilize either SAGD or SC-SAGD and the facility is being designed for flexibility in steam requirements; Phases 3 and 4 each are currently planned for 60,000 barrel-per-day facilities. In each phase, Laricina will use a combination of thermal and solvent-assisted processes to recover bitumen from the Grand Rapids oil sands.

The Germain Project Expansion will consist of the following components:

  • Central processing facility
  • Associated infrastructure such as office buildings, storage sheds
  • Soil storage areas, borrow pits
  • Equipment lay down and staging area
  • Permanent (operations) and temporary (construction) camp facilities
  • Electrical substation
  • Well pads with SAGD well pairs
  • Observation wells
  • Groundwater monitoring wells
  • Water source and disposal wells
  • Gathering corridors including roads, gathering lines and power lines to the pads
  • Wildlife crossings

A First Nations Consultation Plan along with a plan language Project Description was submitted in December 2010 to AENV and delivered to the Bigstone Cree First Nations Consultation Office and the Peerless-Trout First Nation. Laricina subsequently filed with AENV the proposed Terms of Reference for an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) which was finalized May, 2011.

Pending regulatory approvals and financing for the project, the initial construction of Phase 2 could commence in late 2013 with commissioning and first steam anticipated in late 2015 and production in 2016. The third and fourth phases would follow.

The related documents for the Germain Project Expansion are available in PDF format and may be downloaded for offline viewing and printing:


Submitted to: Alberta Energy Resources Conservation Board and Alberta Environment

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In the first quarter of 2015, Laricina suspended its application for regulatory approval of future expansions at Germain until market conditions improve.

Stony Mountain Pipeline

Laricina received Alberta Energy Resources and Conservation Board (ERCB) approval in May 2013 for the Stony Mountain Pipeline (SMP).

Subsequent to this, Laricina disposed of its interest in SMP to TransCanada Pipelines Ltd. Laricina will continue discussions with mid-stream companies for transportation services on SMP and/or other proposed pipelines in the area.

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