Jackpine Mine Expansion (JPME) is an extension of our current Jackpine Mine that would enable an eventual production increase of up to 100,000 barrels per day. This allows flexibility in mine planning and makes use of existing processing facilities while enabling more effective environmental management, particularly in land use, tailings management and reclamation.
Following a Decision Statement issued in December 2013 by the Federal Minister of the Environment enabling the project to proceed, the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) filed a notice of application in January 2014 for judicial review of the decision.
A Federal Court hearing took place in October 2014. In December 2014 the Court issued its ruling, finding that the Canadian Government had reasonably fulfilled its duties to consult and accommodate the ACFN, and ultimately dismissing the application for judicial review of the decision.
The extensive regulatory review and public hearing process for JPME has enabled open and transparent discussion about the project. Consistent with our approach to responsibly developing our resources, Shell has welcomed input from many different individuals and groups to ensure the project will benefit local communities and the people of Alberta and Canada.
Proceeding with JPME remains subject to a final investment decision by the Athabasca Oil Sands Project joint venture owners Shell (60%), Chevron (20%) and Marathon (20%).