MacKay River

An aerial view of the MacKay River facility.

MacKay River at a glance

38,000 barrels per day

Total production capacity at MacKay River.


Average number of people typically on site each day.


The average water recycling rate at the Firebag and MacKay River in situ sites.


The year that MacKay River started production.

Located approximately 60 kilometers northwest of Fort McMurray, MacKay River was our first in situ facility and the second commercial steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) project ever built.

MacKay River was originally designed to produce 30,000 barrels per day (bpd), but with the introduction of new technologies, it has expanded to 38,000 bpd. The bitumen is transported via pipeline to our Base Plant site for either blending or processing.

The facilities include bitumen/water separation, water treatment and steam generation facilities and typically has approximately 300 people on site each day.

A vertical separator and pipelines at MacKay River Pad 750. There are trees at the edge of the site.