Glossary of Industry Terms
Waste products from oil sands mining, extraction, and upgrading operations.
Enhancing recovery using sophisticated methods such as miscible or fire flooding.
Thermal ElectricityElectricity generated from burning fossil fuels such as coal, natural gas and refined petroleum products; biomass such as wood, wood waste, pulping liquors and landfill methane; or other waste materials such as used tires.
Tight Gas Sands
Natural gas found in sandstone with low permeability.
Clear, odorless, flammable liquid that has the characteristic aromatic odor of model airplane glue. It is added to gasoline to increase octane.
Top DrivesHydraulic or electric motors that are suspended in the derrick above the rig floor to rotate the drill string and bit.
The rock formation which prevents oil and gas from migrating out of the reservoir.
The process of removing the drill string from the bore hole to change the bit and then running the drill string and new bit back into the hole.
Trunk LinesLarge-diameter pipelines that transport crude oil, natural gas liquids and refined petroleum products to refineries and petrochemical plants. Some trunk lines also transport refined products to consuming areas.