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Oil Sands Operations
Peace River
Jackpine Mine Expansion

Canada’s oil sands are the world’s third largest crude reserves. With global energy demand predicted to double in the first half of this century, they will continue to be an important part of the global energy mix.

Oil sands also represent an historic challenge and opportunity for Canada. With a tremendous industry and strategic resource, the country is uniquely positioned to supply an abundance of energy to the world.  But how to produce more energy while at the same reducing environmental impacts is one of the great global challenges of our time.

Shell is committed to developing the oil sands in the most responsible way possible so that this valuable commodity continues to benefit Canadians and can contribute to an improved standard of living for people around the world. 


Canada’s oil sands are a significant strategic energy resource for the country and the world.

Energy 4 seven Billion


mining | Shell Canada

Shell Albian Sands is the mining portion of the Athabasca Oil Sands Project and consists of the Muskeg River and Jackpine mines.

Environmental Performance

Environmental performance | Shell Canada

Shell is committed to developing the oil sands responsibly with a focus on land, water and greenhouse gases.


Scotford Upgrader

The Athabasca Oil Sands Project’s Scotford Upgrader breaks down bitumen from Shell Albian Sands into crude oil that refineries can make into everyday petroleum products.

In Situ Overview

Oil sands resources too deep to be mined are recovered in place or in situ, by drilling wells.

Scotford Quest CCS

Shell Canada, on behalf of the Athabasca Oil Sands Project, is building the Quest Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Project -- the world’s first commercial-scale CCS project to tackle carbon emissions in the oil sands by capturing, transporting, and storing CO2.

The Women Behind the Operation

From avid environmentalists, to scuba-diving grandmothers, find out what passions drive the careers and successes of these women as they work to sustainably unlock and develop one of the world's most challenging resources.