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Shell oil sands operations

Shell oil sands operations

At our Athabasca Oil Sands Project, we mine bitumen deposits that are within 75 metres (around 250 feet) of the surface. Mechanical shovels dig the sand and large trucks transport it to a treatment area. We then add warm water to help separate the bitumen from the clay and sand. Oil sands mining and extraction recovers around 90% of bitumen compared to about 35% recovery for oil from conventional reservoirs.

Scotford Upgrader, Alberta, Canada

Scotford Upgrader, Alberta, Canada

We pipe the bitumen to our Scotford Upgrader plant for processing into synthetic crude oil. Refineries then use this to produce petroleum (gasoline), diesel fuel and other consumer products.