Horizon Oil Sands
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Horizon Oil Sands is an oil sands mining and upgrading project in Bitumount, Alberta, Canada. The project includes a surface oil sands mining and bitumen extraction plant, complimented by on-site bitumen upgrading with associated infrastructure.
Horizon is owned and operated by Canadian Natural Resources. The company holds leases that are estimated to contain approximately 14.4 billion barrels (2.29×109 m3) of bitumen initially in place (BIIP), with best estimate contingent resources other than reserves of 4.1 billion barrels (650×106 m3) of bitumen and 3.3 billion barrels (520×106 m3) of proved and probablereserves. The Horizon Oil Sands are located on these leases just north of Fort McMurray, Alberta in the Athabasca region.
On April 25, 2007, two employees were killed when a roof situated at the location collapsed. In addition, four other people were injured in the incident. On September 3, 2008, a contract employee was killed when their backhoe overturned in a tailings pond. Despite this, Janson states the mining site is "safe".
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