OSTRF is owned by the University of Alberta and sponsored by Canada's
Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA). The Facility is located in Devon,
Alberta, Canada, in a unique partnership using shared facilities with
Alberta Innovates and Natural Resources Canada’s CanmetENERGY Devon
In 2002, funding for the OSTRF’s $2.3 million
worth of capital infrastructure came from a Canada Foundation for
Innovation grant (federal government), Natural Resources Canada, Alberta
Science and Research Investment Program (Government of Alberta) and oil
sands industry partners (Syncrude, Suncor, Albian and True North
Energy). Canadian Natural Resources Limited (CNRL), Deer Creek Energy
Limited (Total E&P Canada Ltd.) and FortHills Energy LP have
subsequently provided capital funds for the OSTRF. Yearly operational
and research funding is provided by COSIA as well as in-kind support
from CANMET and Alberta Innovates - Energy and Environment Solutions.
the OSTRF adjacent to CANMET has allowed for closer collaboration with
its 55 scientific personnel and access to $20 million in
state-of-the-art scientific research equipment and infrastructure.
Students are exposed to CANMET’s active tailings research program at the
OSTRF and have opportunities to understand the oil sands industry from a
number of different perspectives.
OSTRF Sponsor Links
If your organization is interested in joining the OSTRF as a sponsor please contact Nicholas Beier.