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Imperial applies for pilot project north of Fort McMurray

Imperial Oil logo at the company's annual meeting in Calgary on April 28, 2017. Imperial Oil Ltd. says it has slowed the pace of development of its Aspen in situ oil sands project because of uncertainty due to the Alberta government's oil production curtailment program and other challenges. The company says the slowdown will likely result in a delay of at least one year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Imperial Oil has applied to the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) for approval of a pilot project about 45 km north of town.

The application is for the construction, operation and reclamation of the Enhanced Bitumen Recovery Technology (EBRT) Pilot Project: Experimental Scheme.

The project will be used to validate and optimize a new thermal solvent in situ recovery technology developed by the company.

If approved, the project, which would connect to Aspen facilities, would include a well pad, a solvent recovery system, production and injection wells, observation wells, and infrastructure like pipelines, roads and power lines.

Statements of concern can be sent to the AER until 4 p.m. on June 16.