Technical Tour #4 - Changing Influences on Mining Dams
5:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
$400 + GST (includes round trip charter airfare to CNRL; ground transportation and lunch provided by CNRL)
**pricing subject to change
Individuals who are interested in taking this technical tour MUST register and pay no later than August 30. No registrations will be accepted after August 30 for this tour. Due to the nature of this technical tour, refunds are NOT available should you need to cancel after August 30.
hardhat, hi-vis vest, steel-toed boots, FR rated coveralls (CNRL can provide coveralls, if needed)
Departing from Calgary at 5:30 a.m., this tour will take you to the 100% Canadian Natural Resources Ltd (CNRL) owned Horizon Oil Sands Mine, approximately 70 km north of Fort McMurray. The Horizon Mine includes a truck and shovel open pit mine, bitumen extraction and upgrading plants, and an External Tailing Facility. Most of Horizon’s oil sands resource is found within the Lower and Middle Cretaceous McMurray Formation at depths ranging from 50 to 100 meters below the surface.
Conventional truck and shovel technology is used to mine the oil sands. The oil sand is then processed through extraction and froth treatment facilities to produce bitumen, which is upgraded on-site into Synthetic Crude Oil (SCO). The SCO is transported from the Horizon Mine by pipeline to the Edmonton area for distribution. Two on-site cogeneration plants with a combined design capacity of 180 megawatts provide power and steam for operations. The current total production capacity of the Horizon Oil Sands Mine is 250,000bb/day.
On site, a high-level presentation on the mine, oil sand geology, and construction activities of Horizon Mine tailing dams will be shared, followed by a tour of the Horizon Mine and the External Tailing Facility. If time and operational conditions permit, a tour of the tailing thickeners at the extraction plant will also be offered. The return flight will be leaving at 5 p.m., arriving back to Calgary at approximately 6:30 p.m.