Water and Land

Tailings Management

Alberta Innovates collaborates with technology innovators and the oil sands industry to develop and advance technologies that will allow economical and progressive reclamation of oil sands fine tailings.

We ensure scientific rigor is used to evaluate these new ideas and technologies. Beyond industry use, the knowledge will be shared with policy makers and regulators for development and implementation of effective tailings management policy and regulations, such as the Tailings Management Framework (TMF).

The technologies developed in this program will lead to meaningful progressive reclamation of oil sands fluid tailings volumes greater than 100M m3 beyond requirements set in provincial policy and regulation by 2030.

Program Objectives

The goal of the Tailings Management Program is to collaborate with technology innovators and the oil sands industry to development and advanced technologies that will allow economical and progressive reclamation of oil sands fine tailings. Primary program objectives include:

  • advancing technologies which reduce liability and enable progressive reclamation of oil sands tailings in support of oil sands mine closures
  • ensuring knowledge of new technologies and best practices generated is made available to policy makers and regulators for effective tailings management policy and regulations.

We support technology implementation that:

  • minimizes and eventually eliminates long-term storage of fluid tailings in the reclamation landscape
  • creates a trafficable landscape at the earliest opportunity to facilitate progressive reclamation
  • reduces stored process-affected waste water volume on site
  • maximizes intermediate process water recycling to increase energy efficiency and reduces fresh water import
  • reduces the liability for tailings is managed through reclamation of tailings ponds.

Program Contact Information

Name: Richard Nelson
Title: Senior Director, Oil Sands Tailings
Phone: 780-427-0286
Email: rick.nelson[at]albertainnovates.ca