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Learning from the Past - Evaluating Forecasts for Canadian Oil Sands Production with Data
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy. (Globala energisystem)
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Utvärdering av historiska prognoser av oljesand i Kanada (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

Crude oil plays an important role for the global energy system. As there is ample evidence that conventional oil production will have peaked by 2020, unconventional oil has attained a stronger focus. In particular, oil derived from bitumen from Canadian oilsands has been proposed as a possible remedy to global oil depletion.

This study aims to test the hypothesis that forecasts on the Canadian oil sands published between about 2000 and 2010 have been overestimating production significantly. A large compilation of oil sands projects, prognoses and production data has been established using openly available databases and reports. Conversion, standardization and analysis of the data was done using the statistical programming language R. The resulting programming code and databases have been compiled into a package available free and open-source online.

The statistical analysis shows a significant bias of the prognoses towards an overestimation of oil sands production. The compilation shows that most authors tend to overestimate the rate of expansion of the industry. Therefore, any prognosis on the expansion of the industry should be examined thoroughly before use.

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2013. , 42 p.
Keyword [en]
oil sands, unconventional oil, analysis, heavy oil, Canada
National Category
Energy Systems
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-197304OAI: diva2:612464
Educational program
Master Programme in Physics
2013-02-15, Ångströmlaboratoriet, Uppsala, 10:15 (English)
Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics
Available from: 2013-03-28 Created: 2013-03-21 Last updated: 2013-03-28Bibliographically approved

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