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McMurray Formation
Canada


Location  Northeastern Alberta
Area  54,000 sq mi
Thickness  150 - 200 ft
Formation Details  The lower Cretaceous McMurray formation consists of rich bitumen reservoirs and sandstone. Three members were described inside the McMurray Formation and they are:
- Lower Member: conglomeratic sandstone, present only in depressions formed in the underlying Devonian limestone.

- Middle Member: massive well-sorted, fine-grained oil saturated sand in the base, with inclined beds of thick rippled sandstone.

- Upper Member: horizontal, argillaceous very fine-grained sandstone with oil saturation.

Also some workers divide the McMurray Formation into Basal McMurray and Wabiskaw-McMurray.
Production Activity  Bitumen is produced from the McMurray Formation in the Athabasca Oil Sands by open pit mining and from the sub-surface with SAGD techniques.
Notes  The name of McMurray formation was introduced by McLearn in 1917, the name was taken from Fort McMurray city.

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