​Notley visits Long Lake SAGD project to highlight $400 million growth investment

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and Energy Minister Margaret McCuaig-Boyd at Long Lake on September 11. Image: Flickr/Government of Alberta

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley continued her trip in the oilsands Tuesday with a trip to Nexen’s Long Lake SAGD project along with Energy Minister Margaret McCuaig-Boyd.

They were there along with First Nations enterprises and other local suppliers to highlight the company’s recently announced $400 million investment to increase production.

The visit followed Notley and McCuaig-Boyd’s stop on Monday at the ribbon cutting for Suncor Energy’s new Fort Hills oilsands mine.

The 26,000 bbl/d Long Lake South West drilling program is expected to achieve first oil in 2020, and through technology advancements is anticipated to realize a 20 percent reduction in GHG emissions from current levels by 2025, according to a statement from the province.

“We’ve always said that you can’t write climate action out of economic growth, and you can’t write working people out of climate action. Long Lake South West is a prime example of that principle, putting people to work while growing our energy production and reducing emissions at the same time,” Notely said in the statement.

To date, two major contracts for the project have been awarded: one to Christina River Construction, a partnership with For McMurray #468 First Nation, and another to Akita Wood Buffalo Drilling.