Oil Sands Mining and Upgrading

Oil Sands Mining and Upgrading

The Company owns and operates substantial world class oil sands mining assets.  the Horizon Oil Sands and the Athabasca Oil Sands Project (AOSP) are approximately located 70 km north of Fort McMurray, Alberta in the Athabasca region. These assets offer decades of no decline synthetic crude oil (“SCO”) production with no reserve risk.  Canadian Natural holds extensive leases that are estimated at 6 billion barrels of proved and probable SCO reserves. The two mine sites are adjacent to one another allowing the Company to take advantage of certain synergies through the power of our performance driven culture. The company continues to focus on maximizing value through continuous improvement and adoption of technology to deliver safe, steady, reliable SCO production. 2018 production guidance for Oil Sands Mining and Upgrading is between 415,000 bbl/d and 450,000 bbl/d of SCO and capital expenditures are targeted to be $1.3 billion.

Horizon AOSP

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Horizon Oil Sands

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. During 2018, the Company targets to define incremental capacity and evaluate the potential Paraffinic and Vacuum Gas Oil (VGO) expansions at Horizon. 


Athabasca Oil Sands Project (AOSP)

In March 2017, Canadian Natural purchased a 70% operated working interest in the AOSP mines and non-operated interest in the Scotford Upgrader (Shell operated), located north of Edmonton. Combined, the two mines have a productive capacity of 280,000 bbl/d of dilbit, produced via use of a paraffinic froth treatment process. Produced dilbit is then shipped via the Corridor pipeline to the Scotford Upgreader. The dilbit is then upgraded via LC Fining technology to SCO, which is sold in the Edmonton refining complex. Concurrent with the Company’s acquisition of the AOSP assets, the Company also acquired a 70% interest in the Quest Carbon Capture & Storage facility near Scotford, further demonstrating the Company’s demonstration to environmental leadership.