- Suncor Energy Inc.
- Total E&P Canada Ltd.
- Teck Resources Limited
The project is operated by Suncor, and is scheduled to produce first oil by the end of fourth quarter of 2017 and achieve 90% of its planned production capacity of 194,000 barrels per day within 12 months. The mine life is expected to be approximately 50 years at the current planned production rate.
Fort Hills will create work for approximately 5,000 construction workers at the peak of construction and approximately 1,600 permanent positions when the mine and bitumen production facility are fully operational.
Fort Hills has been designed to utilize Suncor’s latest technology and approach to tailings management and reclamation processes. Suncor will closely monitor operations so existing and future water quality standards – and environmental requirements – can be met or exceeded throughout the life of this mine. The project will aim to return all disturbed lands to as close to a natural state as possible.
Mine planFort Hills’ open-pit mine plan has two main pits and a mine fleet capable of sustaining a production of 14,500 tonnes of oil sand per hour.
The mine will deliver oil sands feed to two ore crushing plants, where oil sand material will be crushed and processed. Ore from the crushing plants will be mixed with warm water and conditioned to create slurry, which will be transported to primary extraction via three hydrotransport lines.
Extraction processIn primary extraction, the conditioned oil sands slurry is fed to two trains of separation cells. The separation cells remove the bitumen from the sand, which yields a froth mixture of bitumen, water and clay.
Froth is then sent for further treatment in secondary extraction where it is mixed with solvent and sent through two stages of counter-current settlers to remove asphaltenes and excess sand and water. The bitumen is then sent to a solvent recovery unit to remove the solvent and prepare the bitumen for shipping. The final product is marketable bitumen.
- Suncor Energy Inc. 50.8% interest
- Total E&P Canada Ltd. 29.2% interest
- Teck Resources Limited 20.0% interest
Through its affiliate, Suncor Energy Operating Inc. (SEOI), Suncor is the developer and operator of the Fort Hills project via an operating services contract.
Suncor Energy Inc. is Canada’s largest integrated energy company and the first company to commercially develop the oil sands – creating an industry that is now a key contributor to Canada's prosperity.
Total E&P Canada Ltd. is a subsidiary of Total S.A. Their focus is to combine cost efficiency with top-tier environmental and social performance to deliver the best possible projects for all of their stakeholders.
Teck Resources Limited is a diversified resource company committed to responsible mining and mineral development with major business units focused on copper, steelmaking coal, zinc and energy.
Total direct, indirect, and induced effect of Fort Hills construction
- estimated $10 billion in terms of Provincial GDP
- $7 billion in labour income over the 2013-2017 construction period
- on-site workforce size will vary over construction period (2013 – 2017)
- peak on-site construction workforce estimated at over 5,000 persons
- estimated 21,000 person-years of construction employment in Alberta, with additional employment outside of Alberta
- estimated 16,000 person-years for domestic construction employment on-site
- estimated 500 person-years construction employment in module yards
- estimated 4,000 person-years of engineering and other professional employment
- total Alberta direct, indirect, and induced employment creation associated with the construction estimated at over 47,000 person-years
Operations expenditure and operations-related income effects
- once fully operational, anticipated $1.5 billion annual spend in operating costs
- of this, over $500 million is expected to accrue to operations workers and contractors
- total direct, indirect, and induced effect of Fort Hills operations estimated at:
- $1.6 billion in terms of provincial GDP
- $800 million in terms of annual labour income
- estimated 2,000 full-time equivalent jobs, including:
- 1,600 full-time equivalent mine jobs
- 400 full-time equivalent jobs with contractors
- total annual Alberta direct, indirect and induced operations employment estimated at 4,900 person years
Revenues to government
- once operational, The Fort Hills project will add to the assessment base of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo and contribute property taxes
- Alberta royalty payments estimated between $200 - $500 million annually (will vary by year)
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