The 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 Research Centre.
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.
Locating 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.
If your organization is interested in joining the OSTRF as a sponsor please contact Nicholas Beier.