In 2013, across all our oil sands, conventional oil and natural gas operations, we required approximately 0.23 barrels of fresh water to produce one barrel of oil equivalent. Per barrel of oil produced from our oil sands operations, we used approximately 0.27 barrels of fresh water – about the same amount it would take to fill a typical single kitchen sink with 15-18 cm of water. That amount represents all the fresh water we used from surface and groundwater sources for production, dewatering, ice road construction, facility maintenance, camps, drilling, and dust control.
Increasing fresh water intensity in our oil sands operations in part reflects the increased fresh water used for the dewatering pilot at Telephone Lake, which had no related oil production. Despite that increase, our oil sands fresh water use intensity was 23 percent less than the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers' Responsible Canadian Energy 2013 Progress Report industry average for oil sands in-situ operations.