AOSTRA's underground test facility (UTF): mine-assisted recovery under difficult conditions

CIM Bulletin, Vol. 82, No. 921, 1989

J.C. O'Rourke and J.A. Hasten, Alberta Oil Sands Technology and Research Authority

This paper presents an overview of Alberta Oil Sands Technology Research Authority's in situ oil sands recovery project at its underground test facility near Fort McMurray. It covers the rationale for horizontal wells drilled from tunnels below the oil sands, the tunnel layout, the drilling program, and the recovery process and facilities.
Mots Clés: Underground testing, Tunnelling, Drilling, Oil sands