CALGARY, Alberta — Royal Dutch Shell plc has decided to proceed with its Carmon Creek project, which is expected to produce up to 80,000 bpd of oil. Carmon Creek is a thermal in situ project that is 100-percent Shell owned and will be part of the company’s broader production, refining and marketing business across the full value chain in North America.
“I’m pleased we’re moving ahead with this important project,” said Lorraine Mitchelmore, Shell executive vice president, heavy oil. “Shell’s Peace River oil leases represent a significant development opportunity. Our decision to invest in Carmon Creek has been carefully studied with the goal of designing a project that is competitive from a commercial, technological and environmental perspective.”
Carmon Creek’s design includes a novel well delivery system and the use of cogeneration that will also feed power into the Alberta grid. Once the project is up and running, the aim is to virtually eliminate the need for freshwater use for steam generation through recycling of water produced with the oil.
Shell submitted its regulatory application for Carmon Creek in 2010 and received approval from the Alberta Energy Regulator in April, following a rigorous and transparent review process. Carmon Creek is expected to employ more than 1,000 local trades and contractors during peak construction periods.
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