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The Athabasca oil sands area hosts the largest oil sands deposit, predominantly in the McMurray Formation, which covers over 42 000 km2.

There are currently 46 applications for SAGD projects in the Athabasca oil sands area (Table R2.4 [HTML], Figure R2.5) of which 34 were evaluated as part of the McMurray Formation and 17 projects are currently active producing. In addition, there is one active project producing from Wabiskaw (Table R2.4).

A full discussion of water use in the oil sands can be found in AER's Alberta Water Use Performance Report.

Wabiskaw-McMurray interval SAGD projects in the oil sands area
Athabasca thermal in situ SAGD projects averages reservoir and operational parameters