l methods, as well as through EOR methods. Synthetic crude oil is produced by mining bitumen-saturated sands, extracting the bitumen from the sands and transporting it to a processing facility where hydrogen is added to produce a range of feedstocks for refineries. Gas and liquids-rich shale: The company develops fields in Alberta and British Columbia during 2015 through drilling programmes and investment in infrastructure to facilitate new production. The company owns and operates natural gas processing and sulphur-extraction plants in Alberta and natural gas processing plants in British Columbia. Synthetic Crude Oil: The company operates the Athabasca Oil Sands Project (AOSP) in north-east Alberta as part of a joint arrangement. The bitumen is transported by pipeline for processing at the Scotford Upgrader, which the company also operates and is located in the Edmonton area. Bitumen: The company produces and markets bitumen in the Peace River area of Alberta. It also has heavy oil resources in approximately 1,200 square kilometres in the Grosmont oil sands area, also in northern Alberta. Offshore: The company has a 31.3% interest in the Sable Offshore Energy project, a natural- gas complex off the east coast of Canada, and other acreages in deep-water offshore Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. It has a 50% interest and operatorship in the Shelburne exploration project offshore Nova Scotia. The company also has various exploration licences off the west coast of British Columbia and in the Mackenzie Delta in the Northwest Territories. USA: The company produces oil and gas in the Gulf of Mexico, heavy oil in California and primarily tight gas and oil from liquids-rich shales in Pennsylvania and Texas. The majority of its oil and gas production interests are acquired under leases granted by the owner of the minerals underlying the relevant acreage, including many leases for federal onshore and offshore tracts. Gulf of Mexico: The Gulf of Mexico is the company’s major production area in the USA. It has an interest in approximately 400 federal offshore production leases and its share of production averaged 253 thousand boe/d in 2015. Onshore: The company has significant tight-gas and liquids-rich shale acreage, centred on Pennsylvania in north-east USA and in the Delaware Permian Basin in west Texas. California: The company has a 51.8% interest in Aera Energy LLC (Aera), which operates in the San Joaquin Valley in California. Aera operates approximately 15,000 wells, producing around 130 thousand boe/d of heavy oil and gas. Aera fields Belridge, Lost Hills, Cymric, McKittrick, Coalinga, Midway Sunset, Ventura and San Ardo are all operated under a combination of water and steam injection. Alaska: The company owns Alaska portfolio, which includes 339 federal leases for exploration in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas, and 18 state leases in North Slope Beaufort coastal waters. The federal Chukchi leases expire in 2020. The majority of federal Beaufort leases end in 2017 and the remaining two in 2019. The state Beaufort leases end in 2022. South America Brazil Offshore: The company operates various deep-water producing fields in the Campos Basin. They include the BC-10 field (Shell interest 50%), which is supported with water injection, and the Bijupirá and Salema fields (Shell interest 80%). In the Santos Basin, the company has a 20% interest in a 35-year PSC to develop the Libra pre-salt oil field and operate exploration block BM-S-54 (Shell interest 80%). Significant Events In August 2015, the company ceased exploration on block BM-ES-27 (Shell interest 17.5%) in the Espirito Santos basins. Onshore In February 2015, the company returned its block in the São Francisco basin area (Shell interest 60%) to the regulator. The company has an 18% interest in Brazil Companhia de Gas de São Paulo (Comgás), a natural gas distribution company in the state of São Paulo. Rest of South America: The company also has interests in Argentina, Colombia and French Guiana. Furthermore, it has an interest in the LNG plants in Peru and Trinidad and Tobago. Trading and Supply: The company markets a
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