The OSTRF produces leading technologies for oil sands tailings management and supplies early career, technically competent staff to the oil sands industry. The world-class collaborative research projects in oil sands tailings reclamation at the OSTRF provide industry with an ability to responsibly develop the oil sands and reduce the impact of its tailings, while ensuring Alberta remains a leader in providing sustainable energy and innovative environmental technologies to the world.
The OSTRF's mandate is to provide research support to existing tailings management practices and to facilitate research and development of the new tailings processes. Researchers from diverse backgrounds conduct novel research projects to mitigate the effects of oil sands tailings operations on the environment. These research projects will enable Alberta's oil sands industry to combine its efforts with those of leading researchers at the University to develop novel technologies and methods to manage oil sands tailings, water treatment and land reclamation projects in Northern Alberta.