Christina Lake Oil Sands Project

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Summary Information

  • Operator: Cenovus
  • Country: Canada
  • Location: 120 kilometres south of Fort McMurray, Alberta
  • Production start: 2000
  • Partners: ConocoPhillips
  • Type: Oil
  • Estimated Reserves:
  • Production Volume:


  • The oil at Christina Lake is located about 375 metres below the surface and requires enhanced oil recovery technology to access and produce it.
  • The primary technology used for this project is Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage SAGD, which injects steam into the reservoir to soften the oil so it can be pumped to the surface.
  • The project has been developed in phases, with phases A, B, C & D in operation
  • Phases E, F & G are under development
  • Oil from the project is processed at the Wood River Refinery


  • IMV Projects: Detailed engineering services for the CLO 2012 Development


  • 2000 - Production started
  • 2011 - Cenovus received approval from the ERCB for three expansion phases (E, F and G)
  • 2012 - Cenovus achieves first production from phase D Christina Lake expansion



  1. Christina Lake, Cenovus
  2. New Work for Cenovus Energy – Christina Lake Offsites Development
  3. Cenovus achieves first production at Christina Lake expansion
  4. Cenovus receives approval to expand Christina Lake operation
  5. Enbridge to Invest $0.2 Billion to Expand Sunday Creek Terminal

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