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. It has been designed for up to four production lines with a total capacity of approximately 277,000 barrels per day of bitumen. The first two production lines are planned to have a production capacity of 159,000 barrels per day. Permitting is ongoing and our current expectation is that the environmental assessment process will extend to at least 2015. An exploration program is planned at Frontier in the winter of 2014 to provide additional data to support the regulatory review process and ongoing engineering work.
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 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.