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Christina Lake oil sands project

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Christina Lake oil sands project

Located about 120 kilometres south of Fort McMurray, our Christina Lake project uses steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) to drill wells, inject steam at a low-pressure and pump oil to the surface.

Foster Creek oil sands project

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Foster Creek oil sands project

Located on the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range, about 330 kilometres northeast of Edmonton, our Foster Creek project uses steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) to drill wells, inject steam at a low-pressure and pump oil to the surface.

Deep Basin pumpjack

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Deep Basin pumpjack

A pump jack near Drayton Valley, Alberta

Christina Lake oil sands project

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Christina Lake oil sands project

Cenovus uses drilling rigs to develop well pads that will access nearly 13 times more resource underground than the area that’s disturbed on the surface. To access the oil, rigs will drill wells approximately 375 metres deep, then inject steam at a low-pressure to soften the oil so it will separate from the sand. This process is called steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD).

Foster Creek oil sands project

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Foster Creek oil sands project

Located on the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range, about 330 kilometres northeast of Edmonton, our Foster Creek project uses steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) to drill wells, inject steam at a low-pressure and pump oil to the surface.

Deep Basin multi-well gas battery

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Deep Basin multi-well gas battery

A multi-well gas battery, located just northwest of Rocky Mountain House. This site takes advantage of solar energy to power chemical.

Christina Lake oil sands project

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Christina Lake oil sands project

Located about 120 kilometres south of Fort McMurray, our Christina Lake project uses steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) to drill wells, inject steam at a low-pressure and pump oil to the surface.

Christina Lake steam generators

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Christina Lake steam generators

Steam generators, like these ones at our Christina Lake oil sands project, use mostly salty water which can’t be used for drinking or for water vegetation. The steam that’s created by these generators is used in the SAGD process.

Foster Creek oil sands project

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Foster Creek oil sands project

Located on the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range, about 330 kilometres northeast of Edmonton, our Foster Creek project uses steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) to drill wells, inject steam at a low-pressure and pump oil to the surface.

Foster Creek well pad

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Foster Creek well pad

A typical well pad can access about 48 hectares of resource underground, which is nearly seven times more than the area that’s disturbed on the surface. To access the oil Cenovus drills wells approximately 450 metres deep, then injects steam at a low-pressure to soften the oil so it will separate from the sand. This process is called steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD).

Foster Creek steam generator construction

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Foster Creek steam generator construction

The oil we produce from the oil sands is located deep underground and is extremely thick. To access the oil Cenovus drills wells approximately 450 metres deep, then injects steam at a low-pressure to soften the oil so it will separate from the sand. This process is called steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD).

Deep Basin pumping oil well

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Deep Basin pumping oil well

A pumping oil well, located just west of Drayton Valley.

Foster Creek well pad

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Foster Creek well pad

A typical well pad can access about 48 hectares of resource underground, which is nearly seven times more than the area that’s disturbed on the surface. To access the oil Cenovus drills wells approximately 450 metres deep, then injects steam at a low-pressure to soften the oil so it will separate from the sand. This process is called steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD).

Foster Creek steam generators

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Foster Creek steam generators

The oil Cenovus produces from the oil sands is located deep underground and is extremely thick. To access the oil Cenovus drills wells approximately 450 metres deep, then injects steam at a low-pressure to soften the oil so it will separate from the sand. This process is called steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD).

Christina Lake well pad

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Christina Lake well pad

A typical well pad can access about 64 hectares of resource underground, which is nearly 13 times more than the area that’s disturbed on the surface. To access the oil Cenovus drills wells approximately 375 metres deep, then injects steam at a low-pressure to soften the oil so it will separate from the sand. This process is called steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD).

Christina Lake oil sands facility

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Christina Lake oil sands facility

Located about 120 kilometres south of Fort McMurray, our Christina Lake project uses steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) to drill wells, inject steam at a low-pressure and pump oil to the surface.

Christina Lake oil sands facility

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Christina Lake oil sands facility

Located about 120 kilometres south of Fort McMurray, our Christina Lake project uses steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) to drill wells, inject steam at a low-pressure and pump oil to the surface.

Foster Creek well pad

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Foster Creek well pad

A typical well pad can access about 48 hectares of resource underground, which is nearly seven times more than the area that’s disturbed on the surface. To access the oil Cenovus drills wells approximately 450 metres deep, then injects steam at a low-pressure to soften the oil so it will separate from the sand. This process is called steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD).

Foster Creek pipelines

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Foster Creek pipelines

Cenovus uses above-ground pipelines to transport steam, oil mixed with salty water and natural gas at our oil sands operation.

Foster Creek steam generators

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Foster Creek steam generators

The oil Cenovus produces from the oil sands is located deep underground and is extremely thick. To access the oil Cenovus drills wells approximately 450 metres deep, then injects steam at a low-pressure to soften the oil so it will separate from the sand. This process is called steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD).

Foster Creek control room

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Foster Creek control room

An operator works in the control room at Cenovus's Foster Creek project ensuring the safe operational performance of the oil sands facility.