It's official: Petro-Canada's $290-million MacKay River steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) oil sands facility is on stream. The opening celebrations were attended by Alberta energy minister Murray Smith, Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo's mayor Doug Faulkner, Fort McKay First Nations chief Jim Boucher, and Petro-Can senior vice-president of oil sands Brant Sangster. The MacKay River project was completed on-time and on-budget. By the end of 2003, it should reach designed capacity of 30,000 barrels of bitumen daily.
More about Petro-Can's oil sands developments is available in CMJ's October issue or at www.petro-canada.ca