Shell uses large haul trucks and mechanical shovels to extract the oil sands mixture at its Muskeg River and Jackpine Mines, two adjacent open pit mines located north of Fort McMurray, Alberta. These large trucks – which carry 400 tonnes per load – take the oil sands ore to crushers where it is prepared for bitumen extraction. The bitumen is separated from the sand and clay by adding warm water to create a slurry. The slurry is then separated; the bitumen is sent for further processing, while the remaining sand, clay, water and trace bitumen is directed to tailings storage. The Muskeg River Mine’s current production capacity is 155,000 barrels per day and the Jackpine mine is somewhat smaller, with capacity to produce 100,000 barrels per day.


Shell strives to be the leading company in environmental performance in Heavy Oil through actions that generate significant improvement in CO2, water and tailings management.

Learn more about our efforts and progress in developing Alberta’s oil sands in an economically, socially and environmentally responsible way in our Oil Sands Performance Report.


Since 2005, we have invested $1.8 billion with Aboriginal contractors who provide a broad range of products, and services including facilities management, technical expertise, bussing, camps and catering and waste management.

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 operations.

Visit www.shell.ca/community or read more in the Oil Sands Performance Report for additional information on Shell’s social investment.

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Jackpine Mine Expansion

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

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