AOSTRA was merged into the Provincial Ministry of Energy's Oil Sands and Research Division in 1994. The corporation was dissolved in 2000 and its assets and liabilities were vested in the Alberta Science and Research Authority.
AOSTRA projects were selected by a government-appointed board consisting of up to 9 members with experience in PETROLEUM development and technology management. AOSTRA operated primarily through projects, the costs of which were shared with industry; the resultant technology was available to any user at fair market value. AOSTRA also supported research at Canadian universities and research institutions, provided grants to inventors, funded the operation of a technical information system, and promoted international co-operation in oil sands development.
Educational assistance was provided through scholarships and fellowships. AOSTRA spent more than $620 million over the life of the program, with comparable expenditures by industry, making it one of the largest single-purpose research and development programs in Canada in its lifetime.
On 1 August 2001, the Alberta Energy Research Institute (AERI) was established, and assumed responsibility for the oil and gas research programs that had been administered by AOSTRA.
Author E.J. WIGGINS
Links to Other Sites
The website for ConocoPhillips Canada. This company acquired Gulf Canada Resources Limited in 2001. Find out about company history and operations. Features an overview of the technology being used to recover oil from some of Alberta's vast oil sands deposits.
Canadian Energy Research Institute
This organization focuses on economic research in energy and environmental issues related to the petroleum industry. See "Publications" to view online copies of detailed research reports.
Changes proposed for Alberta's research and innovation system
A news release regarding proposed changes to Alberta’s research and innovation organizations. From the Government of Alberta.
Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers
The website for the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, a great information source about all aspects of Canada's upstream oil, oil sands, and natural gas industry.