The Oil Sands Leadership Initiative (OSLI) is a collaborative network of companies operating in the Canadian oil sands. Each OSLI company develops its assets individually, but works collaboratively to achieve significant improvements in non-competitive key areas such as environmental performance, social well-being and economic viability.
Although OSLI was officially formed in 2010, early support for the collaborative concept resulted in OSLI’s first project launch in 2008. This was followed by a succession of pragmatic projects and out-of-the-box initiatives designed to produce near-, mid-, and long-term changes in how Canada’s oil sands are developed. As a starting point for innovation and technology, OSLI has been a catalyst for overall industry improvements in surface mining and in situ (in place) oil sands development.
On this website, OSLI details progress made on projects over 2012 in four areas where oil sands operators face challenges:
For each signature project in these four focus areas, we provide a brief description, an update on 2012 activities, and a transition plan. In 2012 the collaborative approach pioneered by OSLI evolved, including the announcement of Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA) which opened up new paths and larger collaborative possibilities for many projects initially launched within OSLI. Some projects are now mature to the point they will become standalone Joint Industry Projects, many have transitioned into COSIA, and others remain functioning as-is for 2013.