Mission and Vision

Our mission is to provide relevant, independent and objective economic research in energy and environmental issues to benefit business, government, academia and the public.

The Institute envisaged by the Board of Directors is a unique research-focussed organization whose output and staff are very highly regarded and respected both in Canada and abroad.

CERI's economic studies are highly relevant and objective and the analysis and advice contained therein are sought by government and business planners and decision-makers.

CERI is envisaged as being a premier centre in its field in Canada and one of the most prestigious energy economics research institutes in the world. Because of its reputation, the Institute is often represented on national and international advisory panels and at conferences and symposiums deliberating energy and related environmental issues.

Members of the research team are proud to belong to an organization which is sought after by Canadian and foreign organizations because of its analytical capabilities and the insight and knowledge which it brings to a wide range of issues. Potential staff members are attracted to CERI literally from around the globe because of the challenging issues being addressed at the Institute and its reputation.

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Commodity Report - Crude Oil

CERI Commodity Report - Crude Oil
Dinara Millington, Editor-in-Chief


CERI Commodity Report - Crude Oil is an original, thought provoking publication focusing on short-term developments (including geopolitical ones) in the world oil market, as well as issues impacting the oil market in the longer term. The outlook section provides information and analysis pertaining to the oil market eight quarters into the future. This includes forecasted (and historical) supply, demand and inventory information, comparisons with other organizations' forecasts, information pertaining to OPEC behavior and the forward market, as well as CERI's oil price forecast. The Data Appendix provides in-depth information on the world, US and Canadian oil markets. This publication is released monthly.  Click on the link below to get the latest edition.

Crude Oil Report

Commodity Report - Natural Gas

CERI Commodity Report - Natural Gas

Dinara Millington, Editor-in-Chief

CERI Commodity Report - Natural Gas is a monthly publication that examines near-term North American natural gas market fundamentals. Coverage includes the key drivers of natural gas activity, supply, demand, and storage, as well as weather expectations, and their impacts on natural gas prices. The report comments on a broad range of elements: active rig count, well licensing, completions, production volumes, Canadian system receipts, LNG imports, energy commodity prices, and so on. The basic elements are consistent from issue to issue. Additional topical articles and reports vary with the marketplace annual cycle, gas industry activity, impacts of other energy sectors, and global issues affecting North American natural gas.  

Click on the link below to see the latest edition.

Natural Gas Report

Open Energy Data App

Open Energy Data App

CERI is pleased to announce the completion of Stage 1 of its Open Energy Data App. As a method of improving energy literacy for the average person, the Open Energy Data App (OEDA) will allow the user to access Canadian energy data in an easy to understand, concise, and unbiased framework.

Stage 1 contains charts and information relating to natural gas production, consumption, storage, exports and pricing.  These charts are in a form that can easily be viewed and read from smart phones, tablets and computers accessible through the link below.

http://openenergy.ceri.ca

Dedicated apps for iPhones, iPads and Android devices are nearing completion and will be available shortly.

Subsequent Stages of the App will include information on crude oil and oil sands, and eventually electricity. 

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LNG Liquefaction for the Asia-Pacific Market:  Canada's Place in a Global Game
Released June 2015

The Canadian Energy Research Institute is pleased to release a report titled “LNG Liquefaction for the Asia-Pacific Market: Canada’s Place in the Global Game”.  The conclusion of the study indicates that Canada’s West Coast Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project proposals are cost competitive internationally.

The study assesses the supply and demand balance for LNG in the Asia-Pacific region.  The demand for natural gas in growing Asian economies can be provided from regions around the world, Canada being one of them. Cost competitiveness is crucial if new liquefaction projects are to be built.  Investors must consider the capital cost of the projects, accessibility of the natural gas resource and the transportation costs from the liquefaction plant to the regasification facility.  When all these factors are considered, Canada’s West Coast project proposals are in line with the normal costs experienced globally, and lower than the Sabine Pass facility located on the US Gulf Coast.

For a generic LNG project proposal on the British Columbia coast, the study found:

  1. Capital costs of approximately $865/tonne of capacity.
  2. Delivered cost to Japan of approximately $11.20 per million cubic feet of natural gas.
  3. BC LNG projects are viable in the Japanese market at their landed oil index price of $70/barrel.

 
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Process Efficiencies of Unconventional Oil and Gas
Released June 2015

The Oil and Gas sector in Canada provides considerable economic benefits.  However, production activities are costly and impact the environment.  CERI has completed an assessment of various options to make these upstream activities more efficient.  These process improvements could reduce cost and could reduce water use and greenhouse gas emissions.

As the sector continues to grow, in particular in Western Canada, there is an increased need for production processes to become more efficient.  This study looks at several options including:

• A mechanical lift strategy for in situ production that could reduce energy losses by 24%
• Modular construction techniques in SAGD operations that can reduce capital costs by over 50%
• Paraffinic froth treatment which can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 15% in oil sands mining and upgrading

Overall, there are many existing ways to increase the efficiency of upstream oil and gas production through best practices, although these gains are small in comparison to the increase in environmental impacts associated with sector growth.  To offset impacts associated with sector growth the industry will have to explore larger scale technology changes. 


 
 
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Ribbons of Steel:  Linking Canada's Economic Future
Released May 2015

From the moment of the Last Spike of the CP railway at Craigellachie, British Columbia and the completion of the transcontinental journey, railways have played an important part of transporting commodities and people across this vast nation, connecting its provinces to each other and to the United States (US) and the rest of the world. And despite the dramatic changes in our society since Lord Strathcona drove the last spike in 1885, railways continue to play an important part, linking Canada’s economic future.

The objective of this study is to determine the makeup of commodities currently transported by the rail system in Canada and use that information combined with a perspective of future growth or decline on a commodity by commodity basis to establish a future view of the commodities that could be moving on the rail system in 2024. The base data available from Statistics Canada and other agencies that provided a snapshot of the commodities being transported on the rail network from an origin, destination and import/export basis at the level required for this analysis was determined to be year-end 2012 data (released by Statistics Canada on March 20, 2014).


 
 
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Economic Impacts of Natural Gas Development Within the Yukon Territory
Released March 2015

CERI completed a report on the Economic Impacts of Natural Gas Development within the Yukon Territory.  This study has two aims:  to describe the conventional natural gas resource in Yukon and to consider the potential of conventional natural gas production and infrastructure development in the territory. Unconventional resources are not considered in the report, nor is hydraulic fracturing.  The report includes two development scenarios.  Scenario 1 considers a domestic pipeline option. This pipeline would be constructed and operated over the 2017-2041 timeline.  Under this scenario, there is an increase in GDP for Yukon of $875 million and for Canada of $10.5 billion.  Scenario 2 offers a domestic and export pipeline option over the same period.  This scenario includes gas service to a mine site and an LNG facility. Under this scenario, there is an increase in GDP for Yukon of $2.7 billion and for Canada of $32.8 billion.

 
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The Associated Gas Sector in Alberta

Released February 2015

This briefing paper was prepared for the World Bank and provides a description of the associated and solution gas sector of the oil and gas industry in the province of Alberta. This paper looks at various aspects of the associated gas sector, including the existing value chain description broken down by processing methods and the main market for Alberta gas products; an analysis and description of economic, social, legal, environmental and technological factors that affect the associated gas sector’s environment in Alberta; and a description of critical success factors regarding the effective development of a regional gas processing sector with a special focus on legal and economic regulations and other types of government coordination or support that could be relevant for the development of gas processing sectors in other countries.

This analysis provides an important contribution to the work of the World Bank and the Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership (GGFR). By detailing how Alberta has successfully reduced associated gas flaring through a combination of actions by industry, government and researchers, it provides important lessons for other oil and gas-producing nations. Specifically, it contributes to World Bank and GGFR knowledge and advisory services work, helping countries around the world better protect the environment and develop sustainable local industries.

 
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