About the Project

Shell is the operator and majority share holder of the Athabasca Oil Sands Project, a joint venture between Shell Canada (60%), Chevron Canada Limited (20%) and Marathon Oil Canada Corporation (20%), which consists of Shell Albian Sands mining and extraction operations, north of Fort McMurray,Alberta as well as the Scotford Upgrader and the Quest Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) project located north of Edmonton, Alberta.

Key facts

Location: Alberta, Canada

Category: Oil sands

Owners: Shell 60%, Chevron Canada Corporation 20%, Marathon Oil Sands LP 20%

Muskeg River Mine: Start-up 2003; 155,000 b/d capacity

Jackpine Mine: Start-up 2010; 100,000 b/d capacity

Scotford Upgrader: Start-up 2003; 255,000 b/d capacity

Quest Carbon Capture and Storage Project: Start-up 2015; designed to capture and store over 1 million tonnes of CO2 each year.

Current developments

On November 6, 2015, AOSP formally started up the Quest carbon capture and storage project.

The current production capacity of AOSP is 255,000 b/d of synthetic crude. Shell received conditional approval for its 100,000 b/d Jackpine Mine Expansion in December 2013. Final investment decision has not been taken.

In early 2015, Shell elected to withdraw its regulatory application for a 200,000 b/d development of the Pierre River Mine (PRM). Shell retains the leases and PRM remains a long-term growth opportunity for Shell.

A heavy hauler truck dumps a load into the crusher unit.

Jackpine Mine Expansion

Shell Canada continues to evaluate development opportunities related to Shell’s substantial oil sands resources in the Athabasca area.

Jackpine Mine Expansion

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