Shell produces bitumen from its in situ heavy oil leases located in the Peace River oil sands. In the Peace River area we produce bitumen from the Peace River Complex using thermal recovery methods and from the Cliffdale Battery using cold production techniques.
Some 80 per cent of Canada’s oil sands resources lie too far below the surface to be mined (more than 70 metres or 200 feet deep) and are recovered in place or in situ, by drilling wells.
Cold production can be used on areas of the reservoir where the bitumen is mobile enough to be pumped to the surface unaided by steam. The cold production concept uses long horizontal wells to pump the product to the surface without the aid of heat.
In thermal or enhanced oil recovery, steam-generated heat and pressure warms the bitumen to allow it to be pumped to surface.
Shell has more than 30 years of experience in operating in situ operations and our current operations have a number of measures in place to protect the environment. We are seeking to continously improve the environmental performance of our in situ operations.
While the most significant opportunities we bring to the communities in which we operate are directly related to our operations, Shell also contributes to the general well being of the communities around our in situ operations.
Since 2006, Shell has invested over $3 million in the Peace River and surrounding communities in areas such as education, health and social services. Shell employees have volunteered approximately 6,300 hours with more than 35 local organizations, including schools and sports teams.
For more information on Shell’s social investment initiatives, visit www.shell.ca/community.