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SNC-Lavalin awarded SAGD oil-sands project in Alberta  

By Gerald Ondrey |

SNC-Lavalin, Inc. (Montreal, Canada; www.snclavalin.com) has been awarded a contract by MacKay Operating Corp. to provide detailed engineering and procurement services for the MacKay River Central Plant Project. The central processing plant will be designed to process 35,000 barrels per day (bbl/d) of bitumen steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) production. The central plant will be located approximately 40 km west of Fort McMurray, Alberta. The engineering phase is underway and construction is scheduled to begin in Q3 2012. The expected mechanical completion date for the construction is 2014. MacKay Operating Corp. (MOC) is a Calgary-based joint venture between the subsidiaries of PetroChina Co. (60%) and Athabasca Oil Sands Corp. (40%). MOC is focused on the development of a jointly owned asset (MacKay River oil sands lease) and is committed to developing the assets in a socially responsible manner and utilizing environmentally friendly SAGD technology. The MacKay River Commercial Project is expected to produce 150,000 bbl/d bitumen with an initial phase of 35,000 bbl/d projected for 2014 startup.      
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