Definition of oil sand in English:

oil sand


often oil sands
  • A deposit of loose sand or partially consolidated sandstone containing bitumen.

    • ‘One trouble with this plan is that oil, coal, natural gas, and oil sands are so cheap that no one will want to switch away from fossil fuels to solar until they are closer to running out.’
    • ‘There are a huge range of low grade oil sands the world over which it turns out are commercially viable in the $40 per barrel range as well.’
    • ‘For example, at prices around where they are now, Canada's oil sands have become profitable.’
    • ‘One is that there is enough oil for at least the next 100 years at current and projected usage rates because the oil sands and clay and shale become profitable to produce at current prices.’
    • ‘But getting at the oil, processing it and burning it is causing more and more environmental damage because most remaining reserves are located in remote or sensitive areas or locked in oil sands.’
    • ‘His national energy policy report in 2001 noted the importance of Canada's oil sands to US energy security.’
    • ‘Look at it this way: some day methods to extract energy from coal, oil shale, and oil sands will be found.’
    • ‘Unlike the flowing reserves that are pumped out of Dallas, oil sands are actually deposits of bitumen - a tar-like mixture of petroleum hydrocarbons that are attached to sand.’
    • ‘Next in Canada at the Atherbasca oil sands he worked ten hours seven days a week.’
    • ‘There is a higher salt content in the oil sand that will require $100 million in expenses to solve the problem.’
    • ‘Canadian oil sands - a mixture of clay, sand and water that contains a molasses-like form of fuel - could offer a nearby, friendly fuel source.’
    • ‘Portions of these sediments were permeated by petroleum that seeped upward from deeper, more ancient Tertiary oil sands through strata fractured by movement within the earth's crust.’
    • ‘The company has bet big on exploiting hard-to-extract natural gas and hard-to-process heavy crude, bitumen, and oil sand.’
    • ‘Furthermore, employment in the oil sands and east coast is primarily in engineering; hence, student enrolment has shifted accordingly.’
    • ‘The company figures the world contains some 7 trillion bbl. of heavy oil, oil sands, and shale-oil reserves alone, an amount roughly equal to those of all conventional reserves.’
    • ‘Similar processes are used to extract oil from oil sands.’
    • ‘Extracting oil from non conventional oil sands or shale is heavily energy hungry.’
    • ‘The company is also demonstrating innovation by adapting some of its existing mining products for use by customers seeking to exploit Canada's vast oil sands.’
    • ‘Canada now claims to have the second largest oil reserves in the world, all based on the inclusion of its oil sands in its reserve estimates.’
    • ‘Right now, only a tiny fraction of the crude in either the Athabasca oil sands or the Orinoco Belt can be recovered.’