Kearl oilsands project very close to startup in northern Alberta

EDMONTON – As Imperial Oil’s (TSX:IMO) $10.9-billion Kearl oilsands project edges toward a startup that is just weeks away, the ignition of the second boiler is something of a milestone.

“That should happen later this week and then steam will be blown through the boilers and heat exchangers to complete the heat tracing,” said Imperial spokesman Pius Rolheiser. “We have already started the mining operations and are stockpiling the bitumen ore near the ore preparation train,” he said, referring to the start of the process that takes oilsands ore from mine to bitumen recovery to blending to pipeline.

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