Athabasca Minerals Inc. has received, together with Métis North Sand & Gravel, a notice of award from a major oil sands operator to supply approximately 1 million tonnes of filter sand in 2022 from AMI’s Firebag and Kearl Resources located north of Ft. McMurray, Alberta, Canada.
Dana Archibald, chief operating officer of Athabasca Minerals, said, “We are excited to work with the Fort McKay Métis Nation and its business enterprise, Métis North Sand & Gravel, and support their regional relationships with industry. Our Firebag and Kearl Resources are high-quality and satisfy the technical standards required for the filter-sand industrial application. Our subsidiary, TerraShift Engineering Ltd. will plan and manage geotechnical testing and production at site, while AMI RockChain will coordinate transportation solutions to customer destinations using its proprietary RockChain platform and trucking network. Our integrated supply-chain solution draws on AMI’s divisional strengths and synergies for customer price advantage, and reinforces our commitment to the Fort McKay Métis Nation. This award has a multi-million dollar valuation and scope which will be executed in 2022.”
Crystal Young, chief executive officer of McKay Métis Group (MMG), said: “We are pleased to work with Athabasca Minerals and obtain their support as MMG expands its business model and capabilities in the region. With our business enterprise, Métis North Sand & Gravel, our goals are to be a leading supplier of premium domestic aggregates in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, by offering quality products at attractive prices, and creating a positive economic footprint for our Nation. We are grateful for AMI’s collaboration and support in helping us achieve these goals.”