September 06, 2005 23:59 ET

Fort Hills Oil Sands Project Acquires Mining Partner

Teck Cominco a World Leader in Mining Expertise and Experience

CALGARY--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 6) - Petro-Canada (TSX: PCA, NYSE: PCZ) - Petro-Canada today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Teck Cominco that will see the Vancouver-based mining company acquire a working interest in the Fort Hills oil sands project. Under the terms of the agreement with Petro-Canada and partner UTS Energy Corporation (UTS), Teck Cominco will assume a 15 per cent interest in Fort Hills. Petro-Canada will remain project operator with a 55 per cent interest, with UTS holding a 30 per cent stake.

"Teck Cominco brings a wealth of mining expertise and experience to the Fort Hills partnership," said Brant Sangster, Petro-Canada's Senior Vice- President, Oil Sands. "We look forward to working with them as we bring this world-class project to fruition. Together with UTS, we now have the management capability, expertise and financing in place to build an outstanding development."

Teck Cominco will earn a 10 per cent interest in Fort Hills by funding $250 million of Petro-Canada and UTS expenditures. In a separate agreement, Teck Cominco will earn a further five per cent interest from UTS by funding an additional $225 million of UTS expenditures. All transactions are subject to applicable governmental and regulatory approvals.

Fort Hills, located about 90 kilometres north of Fort McMurray, Alberta, is a long-life asset with 2.8 billion barrels of bitumen resource. Regulatory approvals are in place for up to 190,000 barrels per day of bitumen production, with initial start-up by the end of the decade. Plans include an integrated upgrader. Petro-Canada and its partners are currently evaluating the best location for the upgrader and the technology to be employed.

Petro-Canada has 25 years of oil sands experience, including 12-per-cent ownership of Syncrude, the world's largest oil sands mining and upgrading project. The company also owns and operates the MacKay River in situ oil sands plant. Petro-Canada also is proceeding with a major conversion program at its Edmonton refinery that will enable the best-in-class facility to run exclusively on oil sands feedstock.

Visit for more information on Petro-Canada's oil sands operations and the refinery conversion project.

Petro-Canada is one of Canada's largest oil and gas companies, operating in both the upstream and the downstream sectors of the industry in Canada and internationally. Its common shares trade on the TSX under the symbol PCA and on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol PCZ.


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