Fort Hills plans Alberta oil sands upgrader

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Feb. 1 -- Fort Hills Energy Corp. plans to build an oil sands upgrading facility on 1,800 hectares in Sturgeon County, 40 km northeast of Edmonton, Alta.

The upgrader will process bitumen from the Fort Hills oil sands mine, 90 km north of Fort McMurray. The mine has received approval for production of as much as 190,000 b/d of bitumen from a resource estimated at 2.8 billion bbl.

Fort Hills Energy will seek regulatory approval for the upgrader late this year or early in 2007.

It plans to start up the project late in the decade and to report a preliminary cost estimate late this year.

Fort Hills Energy Partnership comprises Petro-Canada (operator) with a 55% working interest; UTS Energy Corp., Calgary, 30%; and Teck Cominco, Vancouver, BC, 15%.

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