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Shell sees Athabasca expansion complete in Q2

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CALGARY, Alberta, March 21 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s (RDSa.L: Quote) 100,000 barrel per day expansion of its Athabasca Oil Sands Project in northern Alberta will be fully ramped up in the second quarter, the head of the company’s Canadian unit said on Monday.

Lorraine Mitchelmore, president of Shell Canada, said the expansion will boost output at the mining and upgrading project to 255,000 bpd when complete.

“In Q2 we’ll be up and running at 255,000 barrels per day,” Mitchelmore told Reuters.

Shell has a 60 percent stake in the project, while Chevron Corp (CVX.N: Quote) and Marathon Oil Corp (MRO.N: Quote) each have a 20 percent interest.

Shell began production from its expanded mining facilities in September and has been ramping up after completing work on its Scotford upgrader to handle the additional volume.

The cost of the project was last pegged at $14.3 billion.

(Reporting by Scott Haggett; editing by Peter Galloway)

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