Pond 1 operated from 1967 to 1997. Dykes were built to create a wider and deeper basin until eventually pond was lifted about 100 metres above the Athabasca River.
Suncor Energy collected rat root seeds from a nearby marsh and grew them in a greenhouse for planting on the marsh on Pond 1.
A cover crop of native grasses and oats were planted on Pond 1 as part of its reclamation.
An electric shovel at the Fort Hills site (2016).
A hydraulic shovel places overburden in a haul truck at the Fort Hills site. When operational, shovels will collect bitumen for haul trucks to take the product to the ore preparation plant (2016).
At the Suncor oil sands plant, bitumen is heated and sent to drums where petroleum coke, the heavy bottom material, is removed.
Suncor product tanks store refinery-ready feedstock and diesel fuel that is shipped by pipeline to customers and commercial and industrial markets throughout North America.