Phases 1, 2 & 2B
The Christina Lake Project is currently the focus of MEG’s oil sands development.
Located in the southern Athabasca oil sands region, this multi-phased project is located 150 kilometres south of Fort McMurray in northeast Alberta. Comprised of approximately 200 square kilometres of oil sands leases, this SAGD operation currently has regulatory approvals in place to produce approximately 210,000 bpd.
The project came on-stream in 2008 when Phase 1 began producing at a design capacity of 3,000 bpd. This was quickly followed with Phase 2 in 2009, an increase of 22,000 bpd in incremental production capacity. Combined total design capacity for Phase 1 and 2 was reached within just 10 months, which was a record-setting pace for industry, and production has continued to increase beyond initial design capacity with plant modifications and the deployment of new reservoir technologies.
Phase 2B, the next step in Christina Lake’s development, with an initial 35,000 bpd in additional production capacity began operations in late 2013. Like Phases 1 and 2, debottlenecking at the Phase 2B plant and the deployment of reservoir technologies have enabled MEG to increase Phase 2B production beyond its initial design capacity.
In early 2012, regulators approved plans to increase total production from the Christina Lake Regional Project to 210,000 bpd. Specific plans and project schedules are currently underway.