How we get the oil out

The oil in the oil sands is embedded in tonnes of sand deep underground, and can at times be as hard as a hockey puck. This animation shows how Cenovus melts the oil while it’s deep underground so it can be pumped to the surface. The technology we use is called steam-assisted gravity drainage, or SAGD. Cenovus has earned a reputation for being a leader in SAGD. Since the technology is still in its infancy there is unlimited potential for improvements ahead.

This is a map of the oil sands that are located in three deposits in northern Alberta. They’re covered by the boreal forest which spans Canada. About one percent of the forest in Alberta has been disturbed by oil and gas and oil sands development.* By law, all of the land that is disturbed must be reclaimed once operations are complete.

Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute. 2010 Human Footprint.