JPM And MRM Dam Breach And Inundation Studies

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada

Klohn Crippen Berger (KCB) has an experienced and internationally recognized team of dam safety engineers. KCB was contracted by Shell Canada Energy (“Shell”) to perform dam breach and inundation studies for both their Jackpine Mine (JPM) and their Muskeg River Mind (MRM).

The objective of these studies is to identify the hypothetical implications and impacts of a failure at an External Tailings Facility (ETF), and to provide dam breach and inundation scenarios for use in developing Emergency Preparedness Plans (EPP) and Emergency Response Guides (ERG).

Dam breach locations are been selected on the basis of their impact on Shell’s production facilities and downstream stakeholders.

The Dam Safety Guidelines published by the Canadian Dam Association (CDA) in 2007 form the basis for the current dam safety regulations in Canada and the Province of Alberta.  In accordance with these Guidelines, owners of dams where lives are at risk or if implementation of emergency procedures could significantly reduce the consequences of dam failure, require an EPP. One component of the EPP is the provision of dam breach inundation maps.

KCB has provided similar studies to many of the other major oil sands operators, including Suncor Energy Ltd and Syncrude Canada Ltd.


  • Dam breach and inundation studies
  • Emergency Preparedness Plans
  • Emergency Response Guides
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