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The Frontier project is a proposed oil sands mine in northeastern Alberta. Teck is committed to developing the Frontier Project responsibly by incorporating best practices for environmental protection, tailings management, water use, reclamation and management of greenhouse gases.

About Frontier

Frontier is a proposed truck-and-shovel oil sands mine located between Fort McMurray and Fort Chipewyan in northeast Alberta. The project is advancing through a joint federal-provincial regulatory review process.
 
Frontier will consist of surface mining operations, a processing plant, tailings management facilities, water management facilities, and associated infrastructure and support facilities. Teck is committed to developing Frontier responsibly, incorporating best practices for environmental protection, tailings management, water use and managing greenhouse gases.

If approved, it is estimated that the Frontier project will directly employ up to 7,000 workers during construction and up to 2,500 workers during operation.

 


Frontier Project Information

Frontier Project Information

We are committed to developing the Frontier Project responsibly, by incorporating best practices for environmental protection, tailings management, water use, reclamation and management of greenhouse gases.

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A Major Economic Driver

40+ Years  

…of anticipated production and economic contributions

7,000 Jobs  

…during peak construction

2,500 Jobs 

...during ongoing operations

$70+ Billion 

…in revenues to government to pay for services like healthcare and education

Frontier Mining Process

Frontier Facts

Wildlife

Wildlife

Mitigation, habitat, conservation… responsible development is at the heart of everything we do.

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Consultation

Consultation

We are focused on building strong, long-term relationships based on respect, responsibility, and the creation of shared benefits.

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Economics

Economics

The Frontier Project will generate billions of dollars in economic benefits throughout its 40+ year mine life.

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Emissions

Emissions

We are committed to reducing GHG emissions by improving energy efficiency and implementing low-carbon technology.

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Tailings

 Tailings

New engineering and technology will ensure heightened safety and security in tailings storage, in line with the Alberta Government’s new Tailings Management Framework.

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Water

Water

The Frontier Mine expects to use 90% recycled water and will be able to operate without water withdrawals for up to four months.

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Reclamation

Reclamation

Progressive Reclamation: Restoring land at the same time as we mine.

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Environmental Sustainability

Environmental Sustainability

Frontier will be among the most environmentally responsible oil sands developments ever built.

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Regulatory Review Process Steps

Joint Federal-Provincial Review Panel Process Steps

The Frontier Project has undergone extensive review by federal and provincial regulators, stakeholders and Indigenous communities, and is now being reviewed by a joint federal-provincial review panel.

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) oversees all stages of energy development in the province – this includes oil, oil sands, natural gas, and coal projects. From application and exploration, to construction and development, and onto retirement, reclamation, and remediation – the AER is the regulatory body that ensures safe, sustainable and beneficial development of energy throughout the province of Alberta. 

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA)  is the federal agency responsible for environmental assessments. Project applicants work with the CEAA, through the environmental assessment process, to mitigate potential environmental impacts on land and to consult with Aboriginal groups. The oversight of CEAA guarantees Canadians that the same high-quality standards of protection and care will be applied to projects across the country, and that best practices are constantly being updated and implemented.

Frontier Project Filed Documents on the CEAA Registry


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