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Guide to the Mine Financial Security Program

coal processing plants and related infrastructure at coal mine sites, and • oil sands mines. The program also provides expa nded liability coverage for • bitumen extraction processing facilities and upgrading plants, 2. and related infrastructure at oil sands mine sites; and •

Study No. 143 July 2014

2.5 Absolute GHG Emissions and GHG Emission Intensities for Oil Sands Mining ... 5.1 Selected non-Native Plants in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region in 2010 and ... Ore is transported to a central processing plant, where the bitumen is

Oil Sands Mining | Alberta Energy Regulator

Energy companies use surface mining to recover resources from about 20 per cent of Alberta''s oil sands. It''s our job to ensure that companies extract oil from the sand responsibly. Once a company has finished mining in an area, we also regulate how the land is returned to its original (or equivalent) state.

Oil Sands Science and Research

The process is more energy-efficient than conventional steam production, can use recycled water from oil sands operations, and can sequester CO 2 in oil sands reservoirs. As a result, this innovative technology reduces GHG emissions by up to 85%, while minimizing fresh water use and eliminating expensive water treatment processes, ultimately ...

Industry Landmark: The Great Canadian Oil Sands Plant ...

The Great Canadian Oil Sands Ltd. (GCOS) plant is considered a landmark in oil sands development. It was the world''s first large-scale commercial oil sands surface mining and refining plant and pioneered technology for bitumen extraction and upgrading. When the GCOS plant began operations in 1967, bucket wheel excavators were used to mine the ...

Athabasca oil sands

The oil sands themselves are typically 40 to 60 metres (130 to 200 ft) deep, sitting on top of flat limestone rock. Originally, the sands were mined with draglines and bucket-wheel excavators and moved to the processing plants by conveyor belts.

Oil sands

Oil sands, tar sands, crude bitumen, or bituminous sands, are a type of unconventional petroleum deposit.Oil sands are either loose sands or partially consolidated sandstone containing a naturally occurring mixture of sand, clay, and water, soaked with bitumen, a dense and extremely viscous form of petroleum.. Significant bitumen deposits are reported in Canada, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Venezuela.

Processing Plant and Mine Tailings Management Plan

Canadian Natural Resources Limited, Application for Horizon Oil Sands Processing Plant and Mine Tailings Management Plan Alberta Energy Regulator 20171218A (December 18, 2017) iii Abbreviations ACFN Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation . AER Alberta Energy Regulator . BML Base Mine Lake .

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Mining for Bitumen | Oil Sands Magazine

 · Mined oil sands normally contains from 7 to 13% bitumen by weight. The oil sands is trucked to the Ore Preparation Plant using large heavy haulers. A typical truck load is about 350 to 400 tonnes. Each truck dumps the oil sands load into hopper, feeding into a crusher or sizer. Oil sands mining operations run 24/7.

Here''s how oil sands mining works

 · Oil sands mining operations are some of the largest mines in the world. Although open-pit oil sands mines have a lot in common with traditional hard-rock mines (such as gold or copper), oil sands operators have some unique challenges due to the softness of the deposit. Learn more about surface mining techniques used in the oil sands.

Oil Sands

 · oil sand Oil sands are sand grains coated by water and clay, with bitumen, an especially heavy, viscous crude oil, filling intervening pore spaces. Oil sands are found in 16 major deposits around the world, the two greatest being Canada''s Athabasca deposit and Venezuela''s Orinoco deposit. The Athabasca deposit is in the province of Alberta, and with the Peace River and Cold Lake deposits ...


barrel for crude bitumen. The employment of huge mining machines and process plants in oil sands mines make capital cost a major part ofthe total cost. The total cost of crude bitumen production will rise to $18 to $20 per barrel in a new oil sands mining and extraction operation, and $18 to $22 per barrel in a SAGD. The cost of oil sands

Creating new landscapes and ecosystems: the Alberta Oil Sands

Extraction of oil from the Alberta Oil Sands through surface mining involves the removal of the overburden and oil sand to a depth of up to 100 m and over extremely large areas. While the operation of the bitumen processing plants has serious environmental impacts on downstream habitats, this articl …

What Are Oil Sands? (Also known as Tar Sands)

If the oil sand is close to the surface, it will be mined and hauled to a processing plant for extraction. Athabasca oil sands mine: Oil sands mining complex along the Athabasca River in Alberta, Canada. The Athabasca Oil Sands are the largest oil sands deposit in the world. It is the second-largest accumulation of oil in the world after Saudi ...

Projects and sites | Shell Canada

The AOSP includes the Albian Sands mining and extraction operations (Muskeg River and Jackpine mines) north of Fort McMurray, Alberta, and the Scotford upgrader and Quest CCS project northeast of Edmonton, Alberta. Brockville Lubricants Plant. Shell''s only lubricant oil blending and packaging facility in Canada and is one of the newest in North ...

Canadian Natural Resources

Canadian Natural is proposing a northeast mine pit extension (NPE Project) of the previously approved North Mine Pit at the Horizon Oil Sands Processing Plant and Mine (Horizon). The extension will be immediately adjacent and east of the existing approved North Pit, west of the Athabasca River and is within the Alberta Energy Regulator''s ...

Oil Sands: Fluor Engineering, Procurement, Construction

Our experience includes greenfield and upgrade projects involving oil sands mining, crushing, material handling, slurry pumping, hydrotransport and bitumen extraction. Fluor''s expertise in the design and construction of mines and mineral processing facilities in the Arctic and cold regions plays a key part in our successful execution of these ...

Mine Reclamation Requirements

The Mine Financial Security Program manages liabilities associated with the costs of reclaiming oil sands mines and oil sands processing plants. Obtaining a Reclamation Certificate When all of our requirements have been met, including achieving the approved reclamation outcome, the company can apply for a reclamation certificate.

Canadian Natural Resources

The Horizon Oil Sands include a surface oil sands mining and bitumen extraction plant, complemented by on-site bitumen upgrading with associated infrastructure to produce high quality SCO. In late 2017, the Phase 3 expansion was completed at Horizon, the final step in the Company''s transition to a Long Life Low Decline asset base.

Gasification Plants, Oil Sands Facilities, and Mineral ...

GASIFICATION PLANTS, OIL SANDS FACILITIES, AND MINERAL PROCESSING PLANTS PROJECT EXPERIENCE Type of Project Description of Services Provided Project Location Mineral Processing Plant Assisted equipment supplier in defending against a $10 million claim by the owner of a gold mine. The project involved the design and construction of a prototype gold

Mining the Oil Sands sumamry.doc

Mining the Oil Sands: Technology Evolutions Conventional Truck and Shovel Mining History of mining methods:-Great Canadian Oil Sands used large bucket wheels-1978 Syncrude used large draglines and conveyors-Today truck and shovel because of high selectivity and cost efficiency How much oil sands are mining-feasible-20 per cent What is hydrotransport-oil sand is mixed with water at either 35 or ...

Multi-objective Mathematical Programming Framework for ...

 · Alberta Energy Regulator (2016) Directive 082 - Operating Criteria: Resource Recovery Requirements for Oil Sands Mine and Processing Plant Operations. Calgary. 40. Siddique T, Stasik S, Shahimin MFM, Wendt-Potthoff K (2018) Microbial communities in oil sands tailings: their implications in biogeochemical processes and tailings management.

Oil Sands Process – About Us | Suncor

Process. Oil sand is a mixture of bitumen, sand and water. Because it does not flow like conventional crude oil, it must be mined or heated underground before it can be processed. Our oil sands business recovers bitumen through surface mining and steam injection technologies and upgrades it into refinery-ready crude oil products.

Here''s how oil sands mining works

 · How Oil Sands Mining Works. There are two main ways of getting oil out of oil sands: open pit mining and in situ. 9. If bitumen is found less than 75 metres from the surface, the area can become an open pit mine. 10 Around 20 percent of Alberta''s oil sands are close enough to the surface for open pit mining. 11.

Syncrude Athabasca Oil Sands Mine, Alberta

Syncrude – a joint venture of oil and gas companies mining the Athabasca oil sands – holds eight leases covering 258,000ha, 40km north of Fort McMurray. It is ranked as the world''s largest producer of synthetic crude from oil sands and the biggest single source in Canada. The consortium runs three separate mines – the original Base Mine ...

Oil Sands Processing

 · Oil sands are a combination of sand, clay and water that contain a heavy crude oil variant called bitumen. 1 But, this complex hydrocarbon is almost solid at room temperature and does not flow without extensive processing. 2 Subsequently, there are two ways to extract the bitumen: mining or in situ. 3 Both are complex, energy-intensive and expensive processes. 3 As a result, oil sands ...

In-Situ Production in the Oil Sands – Energy Exchange

 · In-situ projects generate more than twice as much emissions per barrel than oil sands mining: 90 and 35 kg of CO2 equivalent per barrel, respectively. With the increase of in-situ production, emissions from in-situ operations have grown 280% between 2005 and 2017, from 11 Mt CO 2 e to 42 Mt CO 2 e, while oil sands mining increased 77%.

How is oil extracted from tar sands?

 · Therefore, on the one hand, oil sands will be surface mined and sent to a bitumen processing plant if the deposit is close to the surface. On the other hand, oil sands will be extracted in situ, if the deposit is deep below the surface 5. Open mining bitumen extraction . To conduct open-pit mining, the oil sand deposit must be less than 100 ...

Silica Sand Mining EIS Meeting

 · mines under construction, and processing plants would be in excess of 12 million tons per year. Currently there are approximately 20 new mining operations being proposed and the impacted counties report considerable interest and many mine and processing plant proposals are …

Oil Sands 101: Process Overview | Oil Sands Magazine

 · Oil sands mining accounts for about 900 km² of land disturbance, representing 0.6% of total oil sands surface area and 0.028% of the entire Canadian boreal forest. That includes both tailings ponds, the mining pits and main processing plant.

An oil boom and new pipelines in Alberta''s tar sands have ...

 · A snarling complex of mines, pipelines, waste ponds and processing plants now lives atop the tar sands, one of the largest concentrated industrial …