With Canadian oil prices under pressure and so much uncertainty regarding new takeaway capacity, companies have been reluctant to launch new projects.
The junior oilsands producer has been operating under creditor protection since May 2016.
Imperial Oil says it has commenced and is ready to expand field testing of driverless oilsands heavy haulers.
Its acquisition of oil sands assets last year from ConocoPhillips has propelled the company into the highest ranks of Canadian oil production.
The most recent data available from the Alberta Energy Regulator — for December 2017 — shows Fort Hills at 11,525 bbls/d.
The blowout in the price spread between Canadian heavy and U.S. light crude isn't narrowing substantially any time soon.
Norwest will be integrated into Stantec’s energy and resources business, the company said.