Synenco Energy Inc., Managing Partner of the Calgary-based
Northern Lights Partnership (NLP), this week completed its first
round of open house and town hall meetings held in conjunction with its proposed Mining and Extraction Project, located
northeast of Fort McMurray, Alberta. Meetings were held in Fort MacKay, Fort Chipewyan, and Fort McMurray
between March 1 and March 7.
"The Northern Lights Partnership is fully
committed to an open and continuous dialogue with area communities and
stakeholders," said Steve Gilliland, Executive Vice President, Operations of
Synenco Energy. "We will respect community and stakeholder concerns by working
collaboratively with the public, interest groups, industry, First Nations,
Métis and other Aboriginal peoples, governments, and regulators to address
impacts and issues associated with the Northern Lights Mining and Extraction
Project. These meetings were an important part of that ongoing process."
During the meetings, Synenco reiterated its commitment to carry out
mining and extraction activities in a way that minimizes the effect of the
NLP on the environment.
Employment and procurement for the project's construction and ongoing
operations were another area of focus at the meetings. "We will be an employer
of choice in the oil sands industry," said Gilliland. "Employment decisions will be based on
individual qualifications, experience, and ability--prioritizing regional
talent whenever possible." The company anticipates a
peak construction work force of 2,000 personnel and a permanent work force of
approximately 850 personnel at its Mining and Extraction facility.
Synenco holds a 60 percent
interest in the NLP. SinoCanada Petroleum Corporation, an indirect subsidiary of China-based
Sinopec Group, owns the remaining 40 percent. Northern Lights is
an oil sands mining and extraction project northeast of Fort McMurray,
Alberta, and an upgrader complex near Edmonton, Alberta. The independent best
estimate of the resource is 1.49 billion barrels of in-place bitumen. The
partnership also holds extensive coal lease applications in the Athabasca
region of northern Alberta. In addition to its interest in the partnership,
Synenco holds a 100-percent interest in an oil sands lease adjacent to the NLP lands.