Glossary of Industry Terms
A performance rating for gasoline; the higher the octane number, the greater the anti-knock quality of the gasoline. Knocking is the result of abnormal combustion in the engine.
Oil SandsNaturally-occurring mixtures of bitumen, water, sand and clay that are found mainly in the Athabasca, Peace River and Cold Lake areas of Alberta, Canada.
A method of surface mining where toil sands are too deep for strip mining but accessible through deep excavations.
OperatorThe company responsible for managing an exploration, development or production operation.
The most widely accepted theory of the origins of petroleum. It postulates that organic materials become deeply buried over time and heat and pressure transform them into hydrocarbons.
Abandoned wells for which the license operators have ceased to exist or cannot be traced.
OutcropBedrock exposed at the earth's surface.