Calgary, Alberta – Shell has announced an expansion of its Athabasca Oil Sands Project, with the start of production of an additional 100,000 barrels per day at its new Jackpine Mine.

The Jackpine Mine will combine with existing production from the Muskeg River Mine to feed the Scotford Upgrader, which processes the oil sands bitumen for refined oil products. Construction for an expansion of the upgrader is underway and will be added in 2011.

Construction of the Jackpine Mine, in northern Alberta, took five years, with more than 6,500 employees and contractors involved on the site at its peak. With the new production, the operation has a capacity of some 255,000 barrels per day.

Shell Canada owns and operates 60 per cent of the Athabasca project, along with Chevron Canada and Marathon Oil, which each control 20 per cent.

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