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Fort McMurray Alberta Oil Sands Bucket Wheel Reclaimer

Image Number: WH-1680028
Title: Fort McMurray Alberta Oil Sands Bucket Wheel Reclaimer
Date: [ca. 2014]
Photographer / Illustrator: Wilson Hui Calgary, Alberta
Remarks: When Syncrude operations started in Fort McMurray in the Athabasca Oil Sands in the late 1970's, the tar sands were mined using draglines and bucketwheel reclaimers. A dragline would dig up the oil sands from the ground and put it into windrows. A bucketwheel reclaimer would then scoop up the material and transfer it to a conveyor belt system that lead to the extraction plant.
Subject(s): Alberta, Fort McMurray, Heavy Equipment, Oil Sands