Syncrude is giving residents a chance to learn more about a possible future project, the Mildred Lake Extension Project.
The project would be a continuation of the existing North Mine site which is set to be finished by 2023.
The hope is to have MLX West, located northwest of the North Mine and west of the MacKay River, and MLX East, located between the Mildred Lake Settling Basin and the Athabasca River, up and operational when the North Mine nears its end.
“It would allow us to sustain a supply of bitumen when the North Mine, when the deposits in the North Line near their depletion,” said Leithan Slade, Spokesperson for Syncrude.
The project has been sent to the Alberta Energy Regulator for approval. They are estimating to hear from the regulator in 2017.
If approved, then implementation of the projects would start in 2018.
“If it does receive approval then the plan would be to have this operational by the time the end of life occurs at our North Mine,” said Slade.
Syncrude is holding an information session at the Suncor Community Leisure Centre from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday October 19.
For those who can’t make it, they will have a chance down the road as there will be future engagement sessions.
“It’s just about ensuring that the public is aware of what’s going on,” added Slade.
One aspect of the project Syncrude wants the public to know is the construction of a bridge over the Fort McKay River. It would allow their machinery to travel to MLX West which is located west of the river.
This is the only major construction planned for the project as there will be no new facility or tailings pond.