Mine Planning Elements of Horizon Project

CIM Edmonton 2004
Abstract The Horizon Project is a proposed 8.5 billion dollar oilsands development 70 kilometers north of Fort McMurray, Alberta. The project includes an oilsands mine, a bitumen extraction plant, a bitumen upgrader and associated facilities. The Horizon Project is planned to produce 233,000 barrels of SCO at the end of the phased development.

Within the mining area, a mine plan must consider the geology of the orebody, mining technology selection, tailings and capital and operating costs. Over the past four years, the Horizon geology model has been updated with 1,000 drill holes in several drilling campaigns. The current geology model indicates an orebody with a 35 year life in the existing project area. Truck and shovel mining, proven in the area, was selected for phase 1 of the project, with the introduction of mobile ore preparation units in the second phase of the project. Tailings, is another primary element to be considered in the development of a thorough mine plan. Tailings impacts to mine design will be discussed in the presentation. The capital and operating costs need to be managed to meet project goals. The methods used to estimate capital and operating costs will be reviewed.
Keywords: Horizon, Tailngs, Canadian Natural, Mine planning, Geology
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