The Jackpine Mine, a second oil sands mine for Shell in the Athabasca oil sands region of northern Alberta, was found to be in the public interest and unlikely to result in significant adverse environmental effects. The application is subject to nineteen conditions and now has to be approved by the cabinets of both the provincial and federal governments.
Once approvals are received, Shell Canada will move ahead with the project development phase, which includes feasibility studies and continued community dialogue. "This is a big step forward towards our long term growth goal of producing 500,000 barrels per day from our Athabasca oil sands leases," said Neil Camarta, Senior Vice President, Oil Sands, Shell Canada Limited. "We appreciate the support shown by our stakeholders in helping us to create a sustainable project."
The planned development phasing of Shell's Athabsaca oil sands leases is as follows:
Shell is also looking at the integration of each of these mining developments with upgrading facilities. The exact timing of any of these developments will depend on a number of factors, including the outcome of the regulatory processes, project economics and ability to meet Shell's sustainable development principles.
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