Suncor talking to Jordan to develop an oil shale deposit

Dec 03, 1999 01:00 AM

Canada's Suncor Energy Inc., in a global search for places to use its oil sands processing technology, is in talks with Jordan to develop an oil shale deposit, according to a Suncor spokeswoman. Calgary-based Suncor, known for its huge oil sands mining, extraction and synthetic crude operation in northern Alberta, has identified an oil shale property in the Middle Eastern nation with good potential for development, Suncor's Patti Lewis said.
"We've been talking to the government there about some possible development scenarios, but certainly nothing has been finalised," Lewis said, adding any investment was still a long way off.
The company said earlier last year it was also in discussions with the government of Estonia that could lead to a deal to use its technology to process the former Soviet republic's oil shale into refinery feedstock or fuel oil. "Those two areas have got our attention the most lately," she said.
Development of the properties hinges partly on the success of Suncor's Stuart oil shale development near Gladstone, Australia, site of a C$ 235-mm demonstration plant. The plant, expected to produce 4,500 bpd of synthetic crude by the end of last year, is the first large-scale use of the Alberta Taciuk Processor technology, which wrings bitumen - or extra-heavy crude oil - from the ore. If the demonstration plant, built with Australian partners Southern Pacific Petroleum NL and Central Pacific Minerals NL, proves successful, the operation would be scaled up to 85,000 bpd by 2007.

Source: IINX via Iinoil
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