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Athabasca Oil Sands Project

Canada’s oil sands contain the second largest oil resource after Saudi Arabia

Mining the oil sands

Canada’s oil sands are an important source of energy in a world where demand is continuing to grow. At our Athabasca Oil Sands Project we mine the resource and separate the oil from the clay, sand and water before shipping it by pipeline to our Upgrader at Scotford where it is converted into synthetic crude. In 2012 it represented around 4% of our total production. We continue working to limit the environmental impact of our operations.

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Our oil sands operation extracts bitumen from oil sands and converts it to synthetic crude oil.

We mine oil that is close to the surface and then process it into synthetic crude oil.

Our project has created thousands of jobs and brings economic benefits. We work closely with the local community to address their concerns.

We are working to reduce CO2 emissions from our oil sands operations by increasing our energy efficiency and pursuing a project to capture and store CO2.

Most of the water we use to extract the oil from the oil sands is recycled. We carefully manage waste water from our operations and reduce fresh water use.

We have developed and implemented a plan to manage our impact on the land and protect the region’s biodiversity.