Shell Canada proceeds with oilsands project

Much to the chagrin of environmentalists, Shell Canada Ltd. and its partners are immediately beginning construction of a $3.5 billion (Can.) oilsands project in northern Alberta.The group received approval from the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board last October for the Athabasca Oil Sands Project (OGJ, Oct. 11, 1999, p. 47). Shell will have a 60% interest, with Chevron Canada Resources Ltd. and Western Oil Sands Inc. each holding 20%.The project will be operated by Albian Sands Energy Inc., a joint venture of the three partners. It is scheduled for completion in 2002.The project includes:The $1.8 billion Muskeg River Mine, to be built on Lease 13, 70 km north of Fort McMurray, Alta. The ...

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