Fort Hills Oil Sands Project

Summary Information

  • Operator: Suncor
  • Country: Canada
  • Location: Athabasca, Alberta
  • Production start: Expected 2017
  • Partners: Suncor - 40.8%, Total - 39.2%, Teck - 20%
  • Type: Oil / Gas
  • Estimated Reserves: 3.4 billion barrels
  • Production Volume:


  • The field has approximately 3.4 billion barrels of bitumen, which will be recovered through open-pit mining
  • The project is planned to mine and process 110 million tonnes of oil sand per year, yielding an average of 180,000 barrels of bitumen per day at full production
  • capital investment in Fort Hills is estimated at approximately $13.5 billion
  • Oil is to be transported on a new pipeline to Enbridge's mainline hub at Hardisty, Alberta


  • WorleyParsons: Detail Engineering phase; Ore Preparation Plant and Extraction and Tailings areas
  • Fluor: Engineering, procurement, fabrication and construction
  • Kentz: Full engineering, design and procurement of the project telecommunication systems
  • Aecon: Mining Contract


  • 2002 - The Fort Hills mine received regulatory approval
  • 2007 - Design Basis Announced for Fort Hills Project
  • 2010 - Total acquired 20% of the project
  • 2011 - Total increased its stake
  • 2013 - WorleyParsons awarded detailed engineering
  • 2013 - Final investment decision taken
  • 2014 - Fluor awarded EPC contract



  1. Design Basis Announced for Fort Hills Project
  2. Total E&P Canada Ltd completes acquisition of UTS Energy Corporation
  3. Suncor Energy finalizes strategic alliance with Total E&P Canada Ltd.
  4. Contract award for detailed engineering work for the Fort Hills Mine in Canada
  5. Suncor Energy and partners proceeding with Fort Hills oil sands project
  6. Enbridge to Develop $1.6 Billion Wood Buffalo Extension Pipeline for Fort Hills and Suncor
  7. Enbridge to Develop $1.4 Billion Norlite Diluent Pipeline
  8. Kentz awarded further scope in Canada for the Fort Hills Oil Sands Project
  9. Aecon awarded mining project for Fort Hills oil sands project
  10. Fluor Secures Canadian Oil Sands Contract

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