Key facts

Location: Alberta, Canada

Category: Oil sands

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

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

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

Current developments

On November 6, 2015, AOSP formally started up the Quest carbon capture and storage project. By September 2016 Quest had captured and safely stored one million tonnes of CO2.

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.


Shell Technology Centre Calgary (STCC) employs scientists, technologists and engineers, whose work focuses on using research and technology to help drive improvement and technology advancements that help produce more energy with less impact. The STCC is a key part of Shell Canada’s ability to respond to the unique challenges facing our business while developing innovative solutions that help us continue to improve.

Shell is freely sharing the designs, processes and knowledge online from the Quest carbon capture and storage project, to promote the development of CCS projects around the world.

Environment and society

We believe the long term success of oil sands in the energy mix depends not only on our ability to compete economically but also to continuously improve environmental performance.

Shell is advancing environmental strategies for greenhouse gas (GHG), water and land management that identify short, medium and long term actions to improve our performance.

We publish an annual update to share detail on our efforts and progress in developing Alberta’s oil sands in an economically, socially and environmentally responsible way. The Oil Sands Performance Report is intended for those who have interest in our performance and a desire to better understand oil sands.


A significant portion of the output of the Scotford Upgrader is sold to the Scotford Refinery. The balance of the synthetic crude is sold to the general marketplace (predominantly in the USA).

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