Regulators Approve Imperial Oil’s Kearl Oil Sands Mining Project

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February 27, 2007

Imperial Oil announced today that the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board (AEUB) and the Government of Canada have given conditional approval to Imperial’s proposed Kearl Oil Sands Project, following a joint federal and provincial review.

“This decision is a significant milestone for our project and our company,” said Randy Broiles, senior vice-president of resources, Imperial Oil. “It has taken many years of work to get to this point and
we appreciate the efforts of everyone who has been involved, especially our local stakeholders.”

This is a key approval in progressing the Kearl Oil Sands Project, a proposed oil-sands mining project in Alberta.

“Our next steps involve reviewing the decision approved conditions and further advancing engineering work to define the project design, execution strategies and project cost estimate,” said Mr. Broiles.

The Kearl project is similar in design to existing oil-sands mines in the Fort McMurray region, using large-scale shovels, trucks, crushers and oil-sands hydrotransport technology. The current plan is to develop
the mine in a staged manner, with an initial mine train with production capacity of about 100,000 barrels a day. Subsequent expansions could increase capacity to approximately 300,000 barrels a day. The mine plan
does not include any on-site bitumen upgrading. Any future upgrading capacity to support the Kearl project would be the subject of a separate application.

The Kearl Oil Sands Project is a joint venture with Imperial Oil Resources Ventures Limited (70%) and ExxonMobil Canada Properties (30%). Imperial Oil Resources is the designated operator of the project.


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