oil sands

responsibly developing a world-scale energy resource

Electric excavator loading a truck at the Albian oil sands mine

Chevron Canada has been reliably and responsibly developing and producing oil sands in Northern Alberta for over 20 years. The Chevron Canada Oil Sands Partnership holds a 20 percent non-operated working interest in the Athabasca Oil Sands Project (AOSP) near Fort McMurray, Alberta.

Oil sands ore is a naturally occurring mixture that contains sand, water, clay and bitumen (a viscous form of crude oil). At the Albian Sands mining and extraction operations, oil sands ore is surface mined from two mines, Muskeg River and Jackpine.

Bitumen is extracted from the ore and mixed with diluent to allow the viscous crude to be transported by pipeline to the Scotford Upgrader near Edmonton, Alberta. Here, diluent is separated from the bitumen and returned to the mine, and bitumen is upgraded into synthetic oils using hydroprocessing technology. Synthetic oil is then transported to Canadian and global markets.

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45,000 barrels

Chevron Canada’s average net daily synthetic oil production in 2022
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industry first

Commercial-scale carbon capture and storage project in the Canadian oil sands

reducing emissions

Chevron Canada believes the future of energy is lower carbon, and all forms of energy will be needed to meet the world’s growing demands for affordable, reliable and ever-cleaner energy. Lowering the carbon intensity of our oil and gas operations is important to support an orderly energy transition.

Carbon dioxide emissions generated from the upgrading process at the Scotford Refinery are directly reduced by up to 35 percent by the co-located Quest Carbon Capture and Storage Project. Since 2015, the Quest Project has safely captured more than one million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide annually, equivalent to removing 250,000 cars off the road each year.

Together with our joint venture partners, we continue to explore opportunities to improve our environmental performance through innovation and technology.