The Frontier project is a proposed truck-and-shovel oil sands mine located about 110 kilometres north of Fort McMurray, in the Athabasca oil sands region of northeastern Alberta.
The Frontier project application was submitted to regulators in November 2011 and is moving through a joint provincial-federal regulatory review, which is expected to continue into the second half of 2015, making 2016 the earliest an approval decision is expected.
The project has been designed with a total capacity of approximately 260,000 barrels per day of bitumen. The first production phase is planned to have a production capacity of 170,000 barrels per day.
The Frontier project will make use of best practices for sustainable and responsible development, including the latest technology for tailings treatment, seepage control, off-stream water storage capacity allowing water withdrawal from the Athabasca River to be stopped during low-flow periods, and a plan for progressive and full reclamation of the project site.
If approved, it is estimated that the Frontier project will directly employ up to 4,000 workers during construction and up to 2,500 workers during operation.