Our Cold Lake operation produces, on average, about 160,000 barrels of bitumen a day (gross).
Our local leases cover about 780 square kilometres (about 300 square miles), and are located in the Municipal District of Bonnyville, Treaty 6 territory, and Metis Nation of Alberta Zone II. We operate five processing plants in the area, built to serve the ongoing phases of development:
- Leming – started production in 1975
- Maskwa (Cree for ‘bear’) – started production in 1985
- Mahihkan (Cree for ‘wolf’) – started production in 1985
- Mahkeses (Cree for ‘fox’) – started production in 2002
- Nabiye (Dené for ‘otter’) – started production in 2015
- Amisk (Cree for ‘beaver’) – central administration building
- Cold Lake Expansion Project – a 55,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) proposed solvent-assisted steam-assisted gravity drainage (SA-SAGD) project in the Grand Rapids formation
Imperial Oil Resources Limited has applied under OSCA and EPEA to amend AER Approval 8558 and EPEA Approval 73534-01-00 in order to construct, operate, and reclaim the Cold Lake Expansion Project. The 30-year project would target bitumen resources in the Grand Rapids Formation using a solvent-assisted steamassisted gravity drainage recovery process. Bitumen production capacity would be up to 55 000 barrels per day. The project would consist of well pads, a central processing facility, and associated field facilities and related infrastructure, including pipeline interconnections with existing Imperial facilities in the Cold Lake area. Construction would start as early as 2019. The project would be on Crown land about 23 km northwest of the city of Cold Lake, Alberta, within Townships 65 and 66 Ranges 2, 3 and 4 West of the Fourth Meridian. The deadline for submitting a statement of concern is May 31, 2016.