29 April 2013 08:12 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--US energy major ExxonMobil over the weekend of 27-28 April said that it has begun bitumen production at its Kearl oil sands project in Alberta, Canada.
“Production of mined diluted bitumen from the first of three froth treatment trains has begun,” the company said in a statement.
“[The] Start-up of two additional bitumen froth trains will proceed in sequence as planned, bringing production from the initial development to an expected 110,000bbl/day later in 2013,” it added.
An expansion project that will bring on an additional 110,000 bbl/day of bitumen production capacity by late 2015 has been fully funded, the company said.
“Future debottlenecking plans will be based on actual operating experience and result in Kearl reaching its ultimate production capacity of approximately 345,000bbl/day by about 2020,” it added.
The Kearl project is operated by Imperial Oil, an affiliate of ExxonMobil.
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