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Christina Lake Project

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Located in the southern Athabasca oil sands region, 150km south of Fort McMurray in north-east Alberta, the Christina Lake Project is a 200km2 steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) oil sands development.

SAGD involves using a pair of horizontally stacked wells. The top well injects steam which separates the bitumen from the sand. The bottom well then collects the bitumen and water, and pumps to the surface. The bitumen and water are then separated and the bitumen is taken to be processed whilst around 90% of the water is recycled for re-use.

Facilities on the site include natural gas lines, well pads, storm ponds, tank farms, an oil processing facility, and water recycling ponds.

The site currently operates at around 95,000 bpd, and recent developments look to push that to 100,000 bpd by 2019. The site has a total gross capacity of up to 210,000 barrels per day. Production is expected to operate for more than 30 years.

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