IORVL/XOM – Kearl Oil Sands Development – Alberta - Project Profile
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Imperial Oil Resources Ventures Ltd (IORVL), a subsidiary of Imperial Oil Ltd, and Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM) are jointly undertaking the development of oil sands mining and extraction facilities in Alberta, Canada.
The project involves the development of an oil sands facility with a production capacity of 345,000BPD of bitumen.
The project is planned to be developed in four phases.
Initial phase included the development of oil sands mining and extraction facilities with a capacity of 110,000BPD. The second phase will expand the production by another 110,000BPD while the third phase will add 80,000BPD capacity followed by a fourth debottlenecking phase of 45,000BPD.
The project includes the construction of a bitumen extraction plant, froth tank farms, multiple storage tanks, six froth settling units and other related facilities, the installation of machinery and safety systems, and the laying of pipelines.
In June 2008, Kiewit and Klemke Mining joint venture were awarded a contract for the initial site clearing and excavations at the project site.
In May 2009, the first phase of the project received approval. The front end engineering design work for Kearl was completed by AMEC.
PCL and Horton CBI were appointed to undertake construction of utilities, extraction, and tank farms in the field.
In 2009, Fluor Corporation received a US$1,500 million EPC contract to provide infrastructure and offshore facilities for the first phase of the project.
AMEC Company was appointed as EPC contractor for the first phase of the project.
Kentz received an EPC contract to provide bulk materials, electrical and instrumentation site works. The scope of the contract involved facilities and services such as wastewater treatment, steam generation, natural gas letdown station, nitrogen, utility and plant air, raw water and recycle water ponds, process water (including heaters) firewater, sewage treatment and electrical distribution.
In August 2009, construction works for the first phase commenced and in April 2013, construction works completed. Full production of 110,000 BPD from the plant was achieved in October 2013.
The second phase of the project includes expansion of oil sand mine with construction of second bitumen extraction plant and associated facilities.
In December 2011, final approvals for the second phase expansion were received.
In January 2012, CB&I was awarded a US$750 million contract. The scope of the contract includes the construction of second bitumen extraction plant, froth tank farms, multiple storage tanks, and six froth settling units.
In June 2015, construction activities were completed on second phase. The third and fourth phases are still in early development stage.
The third and fourth phases of the project are being delayed as the IORVL/XOM are planning to assess the performance of the production at its current capacity of 220,000 bpd.
The third phase of the project has received regulatory approval and was on hold due to lower oil prices.
In November 2016, IORVL applied under section 13 of the Oil Sands Conservation Act for approval of its fluid tailings management plan (TMP) for the project to Alberta Energy Regulator.
The project involves the development of an oil sands facility with a production capacity of 345,000BPD of bitumen at Kearl Lake, about 70km north of Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada.
The US$32,000 million project includes the following:
1. Development of oil sands facilities with a capacity of 110,000BPD in the first Phase
2. Expansion of facilities with a capacity of 110,000BPD in the second Phase
3. Expansion of facilities with a capacity of 80,000 BPD in the third Phase
4. Expansion of capacity by 45,000 BPD through debottlenecking in the fourth Phase
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