a worker walks along side a conveyor belt at the Jackpine Mine.

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%).

a heavy haul truck drives along a dirt road at Shell Albian Sands.

Why is the application important? 

Oil Sands have a potentially significant role to play in the energy mix in a world where in the first half of this century, global energy demand could double – driven largely by the world’s emerging economies as a result of population growth and improved standards of living.  Canada is one of a few countries in the world with the potential for oil production to increase over the next 20 years. These resources are going to be needed.  They are also driving employment, training and business development across Canada and beyond.

It is important to work through the regulatory process on future growth options to provide the most operational flexibility.  In particular, regulatory approval for the Jackpine Mine Expansion will permit access to leases 88 and 89, adjacent to our current Muskeg River and Jackpine mining operations, and allow for the most robust long term planning from both an environmental and economic standpoint.

Jackpine Mine Expansion Hearing – Opening Statement

Provincial Filings

August 9, 2010

Jackpine Mine and Pierre River Mine - Supplemental information Round 3

June 4, 2010

Jackpine Mine Expansion - Supplemental information Round 2

April 16, 2010

Pierre River Mine - Supplemental Information Round 2

December 21, 2009

Jackpine Mine - Supplemental Information Volume 1 & 2

Jackpine Mine - Supplemental Information Volume 1

Jackpine Mine - Supplemental Information Volume 2

June 2, 2009

Pierre River Mine - Supplemental Information Volume 1 & 2

Pierre River Mine - Supplemental Information Volume 1

Pierre River Mine - Supplemental Information Volume 2

March 6, 2009

Scotford Upgrader 2 Project - Supplemental Information Report 3

SIR Responses:  Project Update and Supplemental Information

May, 2008

Jackpine Mine Expansion & Pierre River Mine Project - Environmental Assessment Update

December, 2007

Jackpine Mine Expansion & Pierre River Mine Project

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