Steaming starts in large-scale SAGD project

In September, Petro-Canada started injecting steam in its $290-million (Can.) MacKay River steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) project that will recover bitumen from oil sands lying at about a 100-m depth (Fig. 1).The company said "The project is the largest commercial operation of its kind in Canada and a state-of-the-art plant in terms of environmental efficiency and responsible development." Click here to enlarge imagePetro-Canada has a 100% working interest in the project.The $290-million cost does not include the cost for the TransCanada PipeLines Ltd.'s co-generation facility that will provide power for the project and Enbridge Inc.'s pipeline lateral connecting the proj...

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