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Water – Energy Nexus: The Evolving Story. P. Kim Sturgess, P.Eng. FCAE. Canadian Water Summit June 14, 2011. Whiskey is for Drinking…. Water is for Fighting Over. . Think Globally .. Plan Regionally .. Act Locally. Total = 12,500 km3.

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p kim sturgess p eng fcae

Water – Energy Nexus:

The Evolving Story

P. Kim Sturgess, P.Eng. FCAE

Canadian Water Summit

June 14, 2011

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Total = 12,500 km3

Steven E. Koonin, Under Secretary for Science, U.S. Department of Energy

estimated annual world water use by sector 1900 to 2000 another 40 increase by 2020
Estimated annual world water use by sector 1900 to 2000 – another 40% increase by 2020*

*Source: United Nations Environment Programme

Courtesy: Dr. A. Zehnder AWRI

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Do we have enough WATER to grow the food???

Steven E. Koonin, Under Secretary for Science, U.S. Department of Energy

water resources in canada and alberta
Water Resources in Canada and Alberta

Environmental and apportionment requirements are not considered by this measure.

Source: Population Action International, 1997 (Courtesy of Wendy Brown, TEPCA)

canadians do not show up well on oecd environmental water indicators
Canadians do not show up well on OECD Environmental Water Indicators

Trend

Since 1980, overall water use in Canada has increased by 25.7%. This is five times higher than the overall OECD increase of 4.5%.

In contrast, nine OECD nations were able to decrease their overall water use since 1980 (Sweden, the Netherlands, the United States, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, Luxembourg, Poland, Finland and Denmark).

perception that we squander water exacerbates issue of water use in resource extraction
Perception that we squander water exacerbates issue of water use in resource extraction

“Wild unregulated pillaging of the environment at the expense of the First Nations … that is what the Europeans think of us.”

Minister Rob Renner (Chamber of Commerce May 25, 2010)

“More and more our investment partners are trying to steer us away from investments in oil sands and coal technologies.”

Scott MacDonald, Partner Emerald Ventures (June 12, 2010)

Protestors demonstrate outside the U.K. headquarters of BP in London on Sept. 1, 2009. Protestors earlier targeted the head office of a leading bank, demonstrating against the bank's investments in fossil-fuel projects, especially funding for the coal industry and tar-sands extraction in Canada.

food energy water tradeoff
Food Energy Water Tradeoff

Water

Food

Energy

This is the challenge of Public Policy in Alberta

oil and gas industry most likely to adapt
Oil and Gas Industry most likely to adapt

Challenges:

South Saskatchewan: Scarcity. This industry usually last priority for water

Lower Athabasca: Social license to operate

annual water consumption forecast for power generation in alberta
Annual water consumption forecastfor power generation in Alberta*

*by type of power generation Note that water consumption scale begins at 100,000,000 m3

upstream petroleum industry fresh water demand forecast
Upstream Petroleum IndustryFresh Water Demand Forecast

Extraction Only OS – Proc.& Other

Extraction Only OS- Tailings

Integrated OS - Tailings

Integrated OS - Cooling

Note: Fresh Water Demand for the Oil Sands operations is the water withdrawn from the River; does not include fresh water collected on site

south saskatchewan region estimated water use by sector
South Saskatchewan RegionEstimated Water Use by Sector

Estimated Water Use 2.4 billion m3 per year

lower athabasca region estimated water use by sector
Lower Athabasca Region Estimated Water Use by Sector

Estimated Water Use 0.124 billion m3 per year*

* 5% of water use in South Saskatchewan region

the oil sands leadership initiative
The Oil Sands Leadership Initiative

www.OSLI.ca

Five founding companies:

Alberta Environment, Alberta Energy and SRD participate as observers

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major investments in technology in oil sands
Major investments in Technology in Oil Sands

Tailings recovery technology allows for faster reclamation of tailings areas and higher water recycle rates

Ceramic membranes

for more efficient SAGD de-oiling & filtering

Advanced boiler technology that could take untreated (or lesser-treated) water directly

regional water solutions project
Regional Water Solutions Project*

Regional Alternative

Challenge:

  • Currently operators in the oil sands region are working independently to solve their individual water sourcing and disposal needs.

Project Objective:

  • Lower the regional environmental impact (water, land, wastes, GHGs)

Project Description

  • Examine the potential to reduce environmental impact through regional collaboration.

Potential Benefits

  • Lower regional Environmental Net Effect
  • Reduce tailings liability
  • Establish reliable SAGD water sources
  • Accelerate tailings reclamation

Sub-Regional

Alternative

*Diagram for illustration purposes only - may not show all current, planned, or proposed projects

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water the key to our sustainable future
Water: The Key to Our Sustainable Future

Kim.Sturgess

@albertawatersmart.com

For more information:

www.waterportal.ca

www.albertawatersmart.com

info@albertawatersmart.com