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Shell workers at Carmon Creek (Image courtesy of Shell)

Royal Dutch Shell announced its decision to proceed with its Carmon Creek project in Alberta, Canada, expected to produce up to 80,000 bpd.

Carmon Creek is a thermal in situ project that is 100% Shell owned and will be part of the company’s broader full service value chain in North America.

“I’m pleased we’re moving ahead with this important project,” said Lorraine Mitchelmore, Executive Vice President Heavy Oil.  “Shell’s Peace River oil leases represent a significant development opportunity.  Our decision to invest in Carmon Creek has been carefully studied with the goal of designing a project that is competitive from a commercial, technological and environmental perspective.”

At Carmon Creek, Shell’s design includes a novel well delivery system and the use of cogeneration that will also feed power into the Alberta grid.

Enough to power up to half a million homes.

Shell submitted its regulatory application for Carmon Creek in 2010 and received approval from the Alberta Energy Regulator in April 2013, following a rigorous and transparent review process. The project is expected to provide a secure, reliable energy source and benefits to Alberta and Canada for more than 35 years.