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Notice of Scheduling of Hearing
Proceeding ID 361
Syncrude Canada Ltd.
Mildred Lake Extension

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) will hold a public hearing of Oil Sands Conservation Act application 1820856, Water Act applications 00263298-005 and 00363203-001, Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act application 00000026-034, and Public Lands Act applications MSL0352, MSL170423, and MSL170430 at MacDonald Island Park, Miskanaw Ballroom, 1CA Knight Way, Fort McMurray, Alberta, starting on January 22, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. The hearing will be webcast at www.meetview.com/aer.

The AER issued a notice of hearing on May 25, 2018, and has received requests to participate in response to that notice. All parties must be present to register at the start of the hearing.

Description of the Project

Syncrude Canada Ltd. proposes to develop the Mildred Lake Extension (MLX) project. It consists of two additional open pit mine areas in and beside the existing Mildred Lake site. The east mine extension (MLX-E) is sited west of the Athabasca River, and the west mine extension (MLX-W) is sited west of the Mackay River and will require construction of a bridge across the Mackay River.

The MLX project is designed to sustain bitumen production levels after the current mine areas are depleted. The mineable resource is estimated at 738 million barrels of recoverable bitumen. The MLX project proposes using conventional shovel and truck mining technology and will extend the duration of mining activity by about 14 years.

The MLX project would use the existing Mildred Lake upgrader, extraction facilities, mining equipment, processing plant, and tailings facilities to process the mined ore. It includes a tailings management plan to manage tailings using existing tailings management infrastructure at the Mildred Lake site.

The MLX project will be about 35 kilometres (km) north of Fort McMurray on oil sands leases 17 and 22 in Townships 93 and 94, Ranges 10 through 12, West of the 4th Meridian, in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (see map below).

The nearest urban centre is the hamlet of Fort McKay about 15 km north of the project area.

How can I apply for funding in advance of the hearing?

A party may request an advance of funds by completing the Advance of Funds Request form found in appendix B of Directive 031: REDA Energy Cost Claims and submitting it by email to energycost@aer.ca or by mail to Alberta Energy Regulator, Law Branch, Suite 1000, 250 – 5 Street SW, Calgary, AB T2P 0R4. Any requests for an advance of funds must be made by November 1, 2018.

Where can I find information about the applications and the hearing?

For a copy of the hearing materials, including the applications, contact

Syncrude Canada Ltd.
150 – 6 Ave SW
7th Floor, East Tower
Calgary, Alberta T2G 2C4
Attention: Isabelle Shelvey
Telephone: 587-956-6762
Email: shelvey.isabelle@syncrude.com 

To view the materials in person or for information on AER procedures, contact

Elaine Arruda, Hearing Coordinator
Alberta Energy Regulator
Suite 1000, 250 – 5 Street SW
Calgary, Alberta  T2P 0R4
Email: Hearing.Services@aer.ca
Phone: 403-297-7365

Issued at Calgary, Alberta, on October 3, 2018.

ALBERTA ENERGY REGULATOR