Canadian Mining Journal


Oil Sands


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    OIL SANDS: Sherritt completes pilot tests of diluent-free bitumen upgrading

    May 7, 2018 by Canadian Mining Journal

    ALBERTA – Toronto-based Sherritt International says its Alberta-based technologies division in Fort Saskatchewan has completed a successful pilot scale run of a proprietary process to upgrade bitumen. The process could eliminate the need to add diluent , a costly thinning

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    OIL SANDS: CNR and Titanium Corp. team up to recover zircon, titanium

    March 21, 2018 by Canadian Mining Journal

    CALGARY – Titanium Corporation and Canadian Natural Resources (CNR) are reportedly teaming up to recover titanium and zircon from CNR’s oil sands tailings. The story was originally broken by CBC News. The two companies have proposed building a $400-million plant

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    OIL SANDS: Suncor moves up Syncrude maintenance, cuts Q1 output

    March 14, 2018 by Canadian Mining Journal

    ALBERTA – Suncor Energy of Calgary has moved its planned maintenance at Syncrude near Fort McMurray to March 15 rather than the previously scheduled April start. The change will permit the company to address an unrelated issue that it says

  • OIL SANDS: Suncor buys out Mocal share of Syncrude

    February 27, 2018 by Canadian Mining Journal

    CALGARY – Suncor Energy has arranged to buy out Mocal Energy’s 5% interest in Syncrude for $925 million. Syncrude mines oil sands near Fort McMurray, Alta. After this transaction, Suncor’s share of Syncrude will increase to 58.74%. Other partners in

  • OIL SANDS: Suncor buys 5% more of Syncrude joint venture

    February 13, 2018 by Canadian Mining Journal

    ALBERTA – Suncor Energy of Calgary is increasing its interest in the Syncrude oil sands joint venture to 58.74% from 53.74%. The company has agreed to pay $920 million for the 5% interest held by Mocal Energy. Subject to customary

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    OIL SANDS: Suncor to phase in autonomous haul trucks over six years

    January 31, 2018 by Canadian Mining Journal

    ALBERTA – Suncor Energy said on Jan. 30, 2018, that it will phase in autonomous truck haulage at all the projects it operates, starting with the North Steepbank oil sands mine. Over the next six years, the program will be

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    OIL SANDS: Fort Hills reaches continuous operation, Suncor

    January 29, 2018 by Canadian Mining Journal

    ALBERTA – Suncor Energy announced Jan. 29, 2018, that operations at the Fort Hills oil sands project 90 km north of Fort McMurray, is ramping up toward 90% of its 194,000 bbl/day capacity by the end of the year. “With

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    OIL SANDS: Fort Hills to produce first bitumen for Suncor, Teck, Total

    January 4, 2018 by Canadian Mining Journal

    ALBERTA – The Fort Hills oil sands project is ready to produce its first barrel of oil by the middle of this month, reports the operator Suncor Energy of Calgary. The project is located about 90 km north of Fort

  • OIL SANDS: Suncor gets okay to begin new tailings management system

    October 26, 2017 by Canadian Mining Journal

    ALBERTA – Suncor Energy said on Oct. 25 that it has received approval from the Alberta Energy Regulator for its base plant tailings directive application and related Millennium operational amendment application. Suncor can now work  on implementing its tailings management

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    MINING PEOPLE: Syncrude chooses new top executive

    October 26, 2017 by Canadian Mining Journal

    FORT McMURRAY, Alta. – Syncrude is undergoing an executive change at the end of this year with the retirement of Syncrude president and CEO Mark Ward. Doreen Cole will replace him as managing director, effective Dec. 11, 2017. Cole brings

  • OIL SANDS: Suncor ups support for Wood Buffalo community

    September 28, 2017 by Canadian Mining Journal

    FORT McMURRAY, Alta. – The Suncor Energy Foundation (SEF) has invested a further $1 million in the recently established Wood Buffalo Community Foundation (WBCF). The new endowment is in addition to Suncor’s promise to match donations up to $500,000 per

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    OIL SANDS: Hangingstone SAGD project begins production

    August 8, 2017 by Canadian Mining Journal

    ALBERTA – The Hangingstone steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) oil sands expansion project has begun production 50 km south of Fort McMurray. Peak production of 20,000 bbl/d of bitumen is expected in 2018. The project is a joint venture 75%