Key facts

Location: Alberta, Canada

Category: Oil sands

Owners: Shell 60%, Chevron Canada Corporation 20%, Marathon Oil Sands LP 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.

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

Fostering and supporting Aboriginal businesses remains a focus for Shell. Since 2005, we have invested more than $1.7 billion with Aboriginal contractors providing a range of services.

Extracting bitumen from the oil sands produces a mix of leftover water, coarse sand, silt and clay particles, and some residual bitumen, known as tailings. Tailings are integral to our operation; capturing them in storage ponds enables water recycling and reduces the amount of river water required in the production process. Some 80% of the water used in Shell’s oil sands mining operations is recycled from the tailings facilities at our mines. 

Over time, the goal is to dry the tailings so that the solids become part of the foundation for the future reclaimed landscape once mining is complete.

Our Scotford Upgrader reuses water from a water treatment plant, cutting its water use by up to 15%.


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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